ANDY King says he was going nowhere but Ibrox the moment he heard Rangers were interested in signing him.
The 30-year-old had loan options elsewhere but only had Glasgow on the mind and that was further confirmed after a phone call from Steven Gerrard and a glowing endorsement of the Gers by good friend Martyn Waghorn.
King is a Premier League winner after lifting the title with Leicester City in 2016 and he thinks that experience can help benefit his season at Rangers and the new dressing room he’s entering.
Speaking to RangersTV the midfielder said: “I am delighted to be here, I think the size of the club and everything like that and the manager here speaks for itself.
“I am like any other player, if you hear that Rangers are interested in you then there is only one place you want to go and that was to come here.
“I had a few other options but when a club the size of Rangers come in then it makes the decision really easy.
“The size of the club, the fanbase, the chance to work with the manager, who I watched a lot growing up and plays the same position as me, are all massive factors and it’s a new experience for me.
“I spoke to the manager, he said to me about his outline plans for this season and it was a no brainer. The minute he calls you on the phone you want to come and play.
“He is certainly someone who when I was growing up any midfielder would have looked to and if you have half the career he’s had then you are going to have had a good go at it.
“Now he is in management I want to try and get as many tips and pointers as possible and I am looking forward to working for him.
“I spoke to Martyn Waghorn, he is a good friend of mine and he loved his time here and only had positive things to say about it and what a good club it is. He said I would really enjoy it.
“You want to play in a team which is looking to win things, I think any player in their career wants to try and win trophies and fortunately enough for me I have managed to do that so far in my career. Hopefully I can try and help Rangers win some trophies this year as well.
“You learn you all have to stick together, the season we won the league you have ups and downs, you are going to lose games and you are going to win games.
“It is about trying to not get too carried away with the highs and not get too down with lows. Just because you lose one or two games doesn’t mean you can’t get any silverware at the end of the season, it is about trying to keep a level head, keep going and looking for the next game.
“The pressure is something I am looking to try and thrive under, you want to play football in front of full houses, you want to play in big stadiums like what we have here and you want that stadium to be loud and packed out.
“That is probably one of the main reasons why I wanted to come and play here and show the Rangers fans what I can do.”
King, who has 50 caps for Wales and is Leicester’s all-time top scoring midfielder, was in Portugal training at the same facility as the Light Blues in June as he prepared for the new season.
What he saw of the Gers in their pre-season impressed him and he believes it’s a side he can slot into.
He continued: “I remember watching one of the sessions in Portugal and thinking it was a sharp session for the time of year it was.
“We weren’t back yet and you guys started earlier because of the Europa League. I was stood with a couple of the other lads from Leicester and we were saying their training looks sharp.
“I have watched the way Rangers play and they play a three in midfield, which suits me and I know there are a lot of good players here already.
“The team have started the season really well so hopefully we are going to have a 60 or 65 game season, if everything goes well. I am just hoping to come and try and help the team have a good year.”