MEGAN Bell says signing for Rangers was the best Christmas present she could have wished for, after making her childhood dreams a reality by putting pen to paper with the Light Blues.
The Northern Ireland international became Rangers latest signing in an exciting off-season period for the women’s team and admits it felt surreal to be joining the club she calls “My team.”
Bell, at just 18-years-old, has already played in England, for Durham in the FA Women’s Championship, after starting her career with Linfield and has six senior caps for Northern Ireland.
Speaking to RangersTV the midfielder smiled: “To be honest this has been the best Christmas present for me, I just can’t wait to get started!
“It means absolutely everything to sign for Rangers if I’m honest, this is all I could have ever of dreamed of. It has been a childhood dream for me and now that it is actually coming true it seems surreal.
“I have supported Rangers since I was a kid so signing here was a bit of a no-brainer for me and that is something that makes it very special for me, because it is my team.
“It is an exciting time to join the club, what Greg (Vignal) and Amy (McDonald) are doing is really, really special and I think it can only be good for Rangers. It is a really exciting time to be part of this women’s team.
“I am really excited because I know the calibre of players Rangers are getting together here is quality.
“Greg and Amy have been working very hard to bring in players and it is a really exciting time, I can’t wait to get started and meet everyone.”
With Rangers becoming the first full-time professional women’s team in the country Bell is aware how much her game could improve in her new environment, training at the Gers’ Hummel Training Centre each day.
Bell won the Women’s Premiership in Northern Ireland three times with Linfield and now wants to see more silverware with the Light Blues.
She continued: “For me a full-time environment is going to be really good and I think it will benefit me a lot, I can see myself improving being able to be here every day. .
“The professional side of things can only be a plus for the club and it can only take things forward.
“The main thing is we want to win the league and we want to try and make a dent in Europe and start to really progress.
“I think with a new team it is going to take a while to get to know each other but it will be really exciting because of the quality of players who have been brought in.
“I am playing with Demi (Vance) and a couple of my international teammates here and that can be nothing but good for us.
“I think signing here will also boost my international career; a professional environment will only make me a better player, which will make me perform better and do better when I go to Northern Ireland.
“I am a creative player, I like to think I will be able to push and try and get into the starting line-up.”