SHEYI OJO says Rangers already feels like the right fit for him after he signed on a season long loan from Liverpool without hesitation.
The winger sought advice on his move to Ibrox and thought the Gers were the club for him immediately. Now he wants to be himself on the pitch and bring the best of his game to Steven Gerrard’s side.
The 21-year-old has had four loans already from his parent club, to Wigan, Wolves, Fulham and French side Reims but after a few days in Glasgow he says he already has a different feeling.
Speaking exclusively to RangersTV Ojo said: “I am really excited to be here, my first impressions around the training ground and seeing all the players have been great. I feel really settled in and I am just ready to go.
“The last 18 months to two years I have not really had that consistent opportunity of football. When I heard Rangers were interested I spoke to my representatives, the gaffer Steven Gerrard, and I spoke to Liverpool as well.
“I think all the parties believed this was the right destination for me, for my career and for this season.
“I spoke to Andy Firth and Ovie Ejaria and I know a few other players who play in this league as well.
“I think with all the advice I got it was an easy decision, there were other clubs I could have gone to but I felt this was the right decision for me.
“It sounds stupid but my other loans have taught me to just be myself, I think when I have gone on loan previously I have tried to fit in with the team.
“I have taken away from my own game but with this season and with the manager here backing me I am looking forward to being myself and playing how I naturally would. I think if I do that then it will be a very good season.
“I have only been here a couple of days but even yesterday I went to the shops and people were coming up to me saying good luck for this season.
“I just feel a real part of it already so I think it is the best initial feeling I have had of all the clubs I have been at on loan. I really have a sense that it is going to be a good season.”
Ojo is now promising the Rangers fans a team player as he looks to make an impression at his new club off the wing.
The prospect of impressing in Europe was also a big pull for the England Under 21 who won the Under 20 World Cup in 2017.
“I watched the Rangers v Celtic game at the end of last season and just seeing the atmosphere in the stadium and the fans was really exciting. It is something I am looking forward to being part of.
“I think I am already with Liverpool and I think if you play for big clubs then you have to deal with the pressure.
“For what I want to achieve in my career I have got to be able to deal with that so I think this is going to be a big challenge.
“I have had experience of Europe with Liverpool but to actually play and hopefully be a big part of it, I have never really had that experience so it is one I am looking forward to.
“The manager wants me to just be myself, when I am playing consistently, and hopefully injury free then everything goes well. I just haven’t had that consistency.
“So with Rangers this season it is just to play how I have always played, play freely and just enjoy my football.
“I am someone who always wants to get on the ball, I hate losing and I just want to play football. I like to show my skills, be creative and score goals.
“But I also like to assist goals, it is not just important for me to score but the players around me to score as well.
“I would say I am quite a good team player and I am just hoping I can show everyone what I can do.”