DECLAN JOHN admits he jumped at the chance to join Rangers and didn’t even have to give the decision a moment’s thought.
The Welsh international full-back has arrived in Glasgow on a season-long loan deal from Cardiff City, and, after a whirlwind few days, he is delighted to put pen to paper.
Speaking exclusively to RangersTV, the 22 year-old said: “This is such a massive club, and as soon as I heard Rangers were in for me, it was a ‘yes’ straight away.
“Football is crazy, especially around the last few days of the transfer window, but, as I said, as soon as I heard Rangers were in it was a ‘yes’ straight away.
“It has been a bit of a mad few days. I got the phone call on Tuesday night, had to fly up on the Wednesday and finally got it all sorted today.”
John took in his new surroundings at Ibrox Stadium this morning, and as well as being massively impressed, he already felt massively at home.
He continued: “It’s amazing. I’ve never seen a stadium which looks so compact and it’s just brilliant. When you’re getting 50,000 people and the stadium is a sellout, you can only be happy with that.
“It’s going to be an amazing time for me and I’m sure I will enjoy it.”
As he himself admitted, John’s game has stalled a little in recent seasons after bursting on to the scene when Cardiff were a Premier League club in 2013.
He feels Rangers could be the perfect club to resurrect his career, and hopes to draw on his top-flight English experience to help him at Rangers.
He added: “I went into the Premier League at the age of 18, and you don’t really expect to get the call-up for that, and our first game was against West Ham which was massive for me.
“Then, I managed to do well and stay in the team for more-or-less the rest of that season. There were different managers that came in, so my career I think has stalled a little at the minute, but hopefully I can kick on from here.
“And what better team to do that at than Glasgow Rangers?
“I don’t think I was playing enough games and getting the games I needed. But Rangers are such a massive club, and coming up here and hopefully doing that will hopefully be good for me.
“I’m 22, and I need to go out and play games at this stage. I’ve not played so many games in the last year or two, so to come up here and do that is only going to be good for me.”