ANDY FIRTH today put pen-to-paper on a one-year extension with Rangers – and he’s absolutely thrilled to be staying.
The 23-year old goalkeeper initially signed for Gers last January, and has played once so far for the Light Blues, coming on as a late sub on the final day of last season at Kilmarnock.
Firth spoke of his delight at committing his future well before the expiry of his current deal, telling RangersTV: “It’s brilliant and it is nice to get it done nice and early. I think everyone can see how much I enjoy being here at such a massive club, and I just love being part of it and thankfully I can carry that on for another year.
“I’ve only had the one appearance in the first-team, but just being involved and around the lads at a club like this is such a special thing for me, and it is something I want to keep on doing for as long as I possibly can.”
Firth has worked alongside Allan McGregor and Wes Foderingham for the duration of his spell here at Ibrox so far, and he revealed how much he has learned from the duo.
“They have been brilliant with me,” he continued. “Greegsy is obviously the number one, but he has so much experience and I think Wes is a totally different kind of ‘keeper, so for me, learning from Wes and Greegsy the way they both go about themselves and go about the game, it is brilliant for me as a young lad just trying to improve and learn from the best.
“It’s all about working hard in training and being there for those two, whether playing or on the bench. I just have to be there and if the chance comes, hopefully I am ready to take it, but if not, just keep working hard and push the lads on.”
Firth had his upbringing with the Liverpool academy – and having that ‘big club’ pressure is exactly why he was so keen to move to Rangers when handed the opportunity.
“That was it,” he said. “At both clubs you are expected to win trophies and you are expected to win every game. That was something I was brought up on as a kid with the same staff here, so coming in, I know I am not playing as much but the standards that are driven out in training, you want to be a part of that and I think that is why the gaffer enjoys me being here.
“You just want to push the lads in a different way obviously than playing.”
Firth also spoke of his relationship with goalkeeping coach Colin Stewart, adding: “Colin has been brilliant for me. It’s good to try new coaches and he has different ways of doing it than what I was used to, but I think he is getting the best out of me and I have a lot of time for Colin.
“He is a great guy and on the pitch he works me hard. He has been brilliant for me.”