By Coral Barry
Rangers recruit Matt Gilks has revealed he felt “suppressed” at Burnley, but is delighted with life so far as a Ger.
Gilks spent two years with Burnley, but made just two appearances for the club who were promoted into the Premier League last season.
The goalkeeper arrives at the Ibrox to compete with current No.1 Wes Foderingham and says the Rangers squad is helping him rediscover his confidence again after two years of doing very little at Burnley.
“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 suppressed.
“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.”
The 34-year-old is currently in South Carolina with the rest of the squad for their pre-season tour of America.
The Gers squad have been training in Charleston in extremely hot weather as they continue their preparations for the new season.
Rangers kick off their Scottish Premiership campaign against Hamilton on August 6, but have their first competitive game on July 16.
The first round of the Scottish League Cup begins later this month with Rangers facing Motherwell first.