MATT Gilks says he has found the perfect fit at Rangers after admitting he struggled to fit in at Burnley.
The stopper has been a confident and loud figure on the Gers preseason trip to South Carolina and according to him that proves this is where he belongs.
He spent two seasons at the 2015/16 English Championship winners but felt “supressed” during his time in Lancashire.
Speaking on tour with the Gers, Gilks explained:
“I had been a bit quiet at Burnley so I have two years to come out! I haven’t been that quiet here and that is a bit more me, I am a bit more jovial.
“I found it hard to be like that at Burnley, I don’t really know why.
“I had just gone into a team that had been promoted to the Premier League and I was on the fringes of that at first and I maybe felt a bit supressed.
“This 100% feels like a better fit for me, I can just be myself and Jim said to me as soon as I came through the door “We just want you to be you because we know what you are about” and I think I’ve done that.
“Here I have come in and the lads are brilliant, we have a great mixture of young and old and there are a lot of good characters already in the building so I can bounce off them.
“The lads are getting to know me now and they know I’m about hard work but I like a laugh and a joke at the right times.
“I have fitted great, I knew a lot of the lads from playing with Scotland and other clubs and I knew big Davie Weir and Jim Stewart and the gaffer is brilliant.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed it since I have been here, I really have.”
While Gilks hasn’t been struggling to fit in off the pitch the heat on it has been more of a problem for him.
Like all the Gers squad the stopper has been struggling with the soaring temperatures in Charleston.
He said: “Diving around grass is grass but I just think it’s the intense sweating that gets you.
“I’m just doing a warm up and have sweat pouring off me so it’s either really hot or I’m really unfit – probably a bit of both!
“I’m not running around like the outfield players but I am lifting 14 and a half stone up every time I fall on the floor and after a while you do get tired.
“It’s a mental challenge as well, I talk to myself through training and then when you work with the manager you’re thinking can I rest while the ball is up the other end without switching off your brain.”
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