NEW signing Matt Gilks admits he will have no problem settling in at Rangers, as he knows several of the players in Mark Warburton’s squad from his previous years in football.
The experienced goalkeeper – who has played for Rochdale, Norwich City, Blackpool, Burnley and also Scotland – has worked closely with Rangers coach Jim Stewart with the national team, but he’s also rubbed shoulders on more than one occasion with players he will now call team-mates at Ibrox.
Speaking to RangersTV, he explained: “I know quite a few of the players from the Scotland set-up and I played with Danny Wilson and Andy Halliday at Blackpool.
“So I know a lot of them, including David Weir as well previously with Scotland.
It’s not a home from home but it’s not like coming in for your first day at school where you don’t know anybody.
“I’m kind of hitting the ground running in that respect, rather than getting to know everybody, so it will make it slightly easier for me.”
Kenny Miller is another player Matt has played with and admired from past Scotland squads and he believes the experience the striker has – and the experience several of the club’s recent signings have – will be hugely beneficial for Rangers in the SPFL Premiership.
He said: “I always use an example of when I was first in the Scotland squad with Kenny Miller and Darren Fletcher.
“I saw them train and I thought I was doing well at the time, but it really made me think ‘this is another level now’.
“I watched them train and the enthusiasm and the endeavor that they still have at their age and at their stage of the careers, after everything they’ve achieved, is great.
“I think the additions we are making to the squad now [at Rangers], the young lads here are going to benefit massively from it.”
One of those additions is Joey Barton and Matt has nothing but praise for the midfielder he regards as a friend following their spell together at Burnley.
He added: “I know Joey very well. We got on really well at Burnley actually and he probably helped me through the last year.
“He’s a great guy and I think he’s one of the most misunderstood footballers that has ever played.
“He’s very intelligent, he’s a very good footballer and he absolutely loves the game.
“The experience and what he can bring to this team, you can’t buy that.
“At Burnley he was the one that kept saying ‘we’re going to win the league lads, we’re going to win the league’.
He said it every week, every day and hey presto we did win the league and he was a massive, massive part of that.”
You can watch Matt’s first interview on RangersTV by clicking here.
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