'Chucked in at the deep end' - Declan John delivers verdict on move to Rangers
Rangers defender Declan John has admitted he was “chucked in at the deep end” when he took over from Lee Wallace at left-back in September after only playing a handful of games in the position up until that point.
John replaced Wallace in September when the Gers captain suffered the injury which has kept him out of action since with the Welshman slotting in to the starting XI.
John started his career further up the pitch and had played on occasion at left-back for Cardiff City before being thrown in for Wallace after moving to Ibrox last summer.
The 22-year-old revealed he does extra work on his defending as he continues to adjust to a more defensive role but admitted he hag gotten “used to it.”
“I started off further up the park as a kid and until I was around 17, 18 years of age. The only reason I dropped into left back at that point was because the manager (then Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay) had nobody else to play left back,” John said, as quoted by The Herald.
“I think the first few games I played in I didn’t really know the position that well because I was an attack-minded winger. I got chucked in at the deep end, I would say, in the first couple of games. But you get used to it.
“Obviously, I know now in my game that I have got a lot to work on defensively. I have been working once or twice a week on defending after the boys have finished training. I can only hope to get better.
“If you look at the football a lot of teams play today, it is almost like the full back is a winger because they start so high up the pitch and you have two wingers up the pitch.”
John joined the Gers from Cardiff in August on a season-long loan before agreeing a permanent switch in December and signing a three-and-a-half year contract with the Gers.
The Welsh international has made 24 appearances for the Gers this season, scoring three times and contributing three assists, as the Light Blues look to challenge Old Firm rivals Celtic for the Scottish Premiership.
With Wallace returning to fitness, John will face a fight for his place in the starting XI over the coming weeks after impressing since coming into the team.
In other Rangers news, the club have secured an out-of-window deal for a goalkeeper.