OVIE Ejaria says it wasn’t just working with Steven Gerrard which lured him to Rangers; it was the sheer size of the club.
The 20-year-old has linked up with a host of his former Liverpool coaches in his loan move from Anfield to Ibrox and admits it will be a privilege to work under Gerrard.
This is the midfielder’s second senior loan, he was at Sunderland in the second half of last season as the Black Cats were relegated from the Championship – something which he confesses has given him a new edge.
Speaking for the first time since joining the Gers, Ejaria told RangersTV: “I am really happy, as everyone knows Rangers is a massive club so I am delighted to be here.
“I am not used to this attention so it has been a bit of a shock to me. It was quite similar to when I signed for Sunderland but that was my first move and this is all still new to me.
“There are a few members of staff who used to be at Liverpool so I spoke to them quite a bit before I came and they influenced my decision. That was a big part in me coming here but also the size of the club.
“I feel comfortable coming here knowing I will have those coaches around me, especially Michael Beale because I have known him for a long time now. They are really good coaches, some of the best I have worked with.
“I am familiar with them and Steven Gerrard was a top class player so it is a privilege to be able to learn from him.
“I was very excited when I found out he wanted to bring me to Rangers, coming from him who has played at the top of the game it was brilliant.
“All the lads have been really welcoming so it is quite easy to come into the group. I knew Jordan Rossiter and Jon Flanagan from Liverpool. It has been good to come in and have people who I can talk to straight away – that helps.”
Gerrard has brought the England Under 21 north of the border to bolster his attacking options in midfield. Ejaria promises to make an impact if given the chance to shine in front of the Gers bumper crowds.
He continued: “I am a player who likes to be on the ball, I like to try and make things happen and I am comfortable on the ball.
“Hopefully if I work hard in pre-season then I will get my opportunities to show what I can do in the attacking midfield position. The manager has said that is where he sees me; as an attacking midfielder.
“I am definitely looking forward to playing to Ibrox; it is a massive stadium with a big crowd.
“I try not to think about that crowd too much, I just try to enjoy myself and that is how I play my best football. I am quite a chilled out person.
“I would say my time at Sunderland has definitely made me mentally stronger, it was a tough time but the experience has made me better. The more games I play at senior level the better I am getting.
“I have watched quite a few Old Firm games on the tele and it is a massive derby. I am looking forward to walking out into that atmosphere for the first time; it is going to be a really good feeling.”