JON FLANAGAN is thrilled to be a Rangers player having put pen-to-paper on an two-year deal.

The 25 year-old has joined up with his new teammates at their pre-season training camp in the Spanish sunshine, and he admits the draw of playing under his former Anfield captain Steven Gerrard was too much to turn down.

Speaking exclusively to RangersTV, Flanagan said: “I’m delighted to be here. When I got the call from my agent and then spoke to Stevie {Gerrard], it was a no-brainer for me.

“The size of the club and what the fans are about – I’m just delighted to be here and hopefully I can show the fans what I’m all about.

“I played with the manager at Liverpool, and he was a big part of em coming here. I obviously know all about the club, but Stevie was a massive influence on me coming here as well.

“I think I’m a no-nonsense footballer. I think I keep it simple, I don’t mind a tackle, and when the going gets tough, I think I stick around and I am mentally strong.

“I think I am different to the full-backs we have got here now, so it will be exciting and there is a lot of competition for places.

“I can’t wait [to get started] and I am so excited. I just want to get going – I am buzzing and I want to show to all the fans what I am about and put Rangers back up there.”

When asked if this was a new chapter for him in his career, he replied: “I think this is a fresh start and I think it a platform for me just to build-on. The past is the past and this is now time for a fresh start, and that is at Rangers and I can’t wait to get going.”

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The chance to play in Europe too was a massive draw for Flanagan, and he feels he is arriving at Ibrox at a great time in the club’s history.

He continued: “Europe is a big attraction as well, and it’s an extra bonus for the lads to work hard, to push on and get back into the European group stages.

“I think it is very exciting for Rangers now. There is the new manager, who has freshened things up, and he’s brought a lot of players in. It’s brilliant to be a Rangers fan now and to be a Rangers player.

“There are good times ahead, and hopefully we can push on now.”

There is is massive pressure on Liverpool players to win every game and he feels that experience will stand him in good stead going forward with Rangers where similar pressures apply.

He added: “Rangers are massive, so I think I have experienced that before and that will help me coming in here and to bed in well.

“The pressure is massive at both clubs and I think I have dealt with that in the past at Liverpool and am more than willing to deal with it here.”

Flanagan also knows Jordan Rossiter from his Liverpool days, and Scott Arfield from a loan-spell he had with Burnley, and he hopes those two can help him to settle-in at Ibrox.

He said: “I think it is always good when you go to a new team if you know a few of the lads. But, I think, even if I didn’t know them, I’m a likeable character and I’ll bed in well with all the lads.”

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