NEW signing Andy Firth is thrilled to be reunited with Steven Gerrard and he admits the decision to move to Rangers was the easiest he has had to make in his career.
The 22-year-old goalkeeper started out at Liverpool, playing for the Anfield club from under-11 level through to their under-23s.
During this time he got to watch Gerrard, his football hero, in action before he got the chance to work under him when the Kop legend became a youth coach at the Reds.
Firth admits he was in shock when he learned of Rangers’ and Gerrard’s interest in bringing him north of the border to Ibrox, but once he got over that he could not wait to get up to Glasgow to sign his 18-month deal.
Speaking to RangersTV Andy, who has spent the last six months at English National League side Barrow, said: “It’s been a long couple of days while it’s all been in the pipeline, but I’m just delighted to join a club of this stature. It really is a dream come true.
“Obviously I had the experience as a kid at Liverpool, being in and around the Reserves, but to join a club which is definitely just as big as Liverpool, more successful, and to be in and around the first team, it’s just a massive thing for me and I’m just made up to be here.
“It was complete shock when I got the call from my agent. It was a bit of a weird one as it wasn’t what I expected when I was playing for Barrow, but when an opportunity comes like this it’s impossible to say no.”
On getting the chance to work with Steven Gerrard again, Firth continued: “That’s the massive thing, he was my idol growing up.
“I’m a big Liverpool fan so to get the call from someone like him and for him to ask me to come up here, it was just the easiest decision I’ve had to make in football.
“A lot of people say don’t meet your idols because you won’t be as happy as you want to be, but the first time I met him when I was 16 training at Melwood he was the first person to come over and look after me and make sure I was alright.
“That’s just carried on ever since and when he came back to coach and the bits I did with him, it was easy for me to motivate myself because I just want to impress my idol. Thankfully, the hard work has paid off.”