GERS new boy Nicky Clark admits a few words of advice from his famous dad, 80s Ibrox star Sandy, helped him decide on making the switch to Rangers from Queen of the South – not that he needed much coaxing!

Sandy has worked closely with his son for the past 12 months as Allan Johnston’s assistant manager at Palmerston Park and has seen Nicky develop into a prolific marksman in Scottish football’s lower leagues.

Clark Snr, of course, has enjoyed a lengthy playing and managerial career in football and on March 17, 1983 he joined Rangers from West Ham United for £160,000 having started his career at his hometown club Airdrieonians.

He went on to make 64 appearances for the Light Blues, scoring 22 goals, and featured in the League Cup final of March 1984 when his strike partner Ally McCoist famously netted a hat-trick to beat Old Firm rivals Celtic.

Nicky’s only hope of playing alongside the club’s greatest goalscorer will be in training at Murray Park but already he is looking forward to working with his new boss at Rangers and believes it can help him improve as a striker.

Speaking today as Ibrox Stadium after agreeing his three-year deal, he said: “The manager played in the same position as me so if I’m going to learn he’s the best to learn from as he has been there, done the lot and scored some amount of goals.

“He was really keen to get me in so as soon as I knew that there was only one place I wanted to come and that was here.

“In my career I’ve only signed one-year deals up until now so the three years gives me a bit of security as well.

“My dad has been at Rangers and he knows what it is all about, he gave me a lot of help when I was making my decision.

“It’s unfortunate he couldn’t be here today but I’ll be sending him a few photos and I’m sure he’ll be delighted!

“He’s very proud and my whole family is proud of me coming here.”

Clark Jnr might have made playing in SFL2 look easy last season with his 41 goals in all competitions but the talented youngster, who also scored against Rangers at Ibrox in the Ramsdens Cup, insists this is far from being the case.

Despite having scored against every team in the league in 2012/13 he had to work hard for every one of his precious strikes throughout the stunning campaign and expects it to be no different as a Rangers player.

He added: “The Second Division is maybe similar to the Third Division with part-time teams in it but these boys go out every week and give everything.

“They just love playing football so it will be tough but with the ability we have in this team I don’t see anything else than us winning the league.

“It’ll be really hard to come in and get into the team but once I get my chance hopefully I can take it.”

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