Rangers defender Jon Flanagan believes he has been given a “fresh start” at Ibrox – and hopes to build on the “platform” provided by the Light Blues.

The one-time England international became Steven Gerrard’s seventh signing of the summer after penning a two-year deal and admits it is a “very exciting time” for the Ibrox giants.

Flanagan claimed there are “good times ahead” for the Light Blues and revealed that he thinks it is a “brilliant” time to be a Gers fan.

“I think it is a fresh start and it is a platform for me to build on. The past is the past, it is now time for a fresh start and that is with Rangers and I can’t wait to get going,” Flanagan told RangersTV, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“I think it’s a very exciting time for Rangers now. Obviously, the new manager has come in and freshened things up.

“He has brought a lot of players in so I think it’s brilliant to be a Rangers fan just now and a Rangers player, obviously.

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“I think there are good times ahead and hopefully we can push on now.”

Football Insider verdict:

Flanagan should give James Tavernier a run for his money in the starting XI and should prove to be a shrewd signing by the Gers. Steven Gerrard knows exactly what the defender is capable of and will be hoping he can help him rediscover the form that saw him capped by England. After struggling for games in recent seasons, getting match fit will be Flanagan’s first objective before worrying about forcing his way into the side. With a few weeks to go until the Europa League clash with FK Shkupi on July 12th, Flanagan will hope to have himself in contention for a place when Gerrard picks his side for his first competitive game. The 25-year-old can also cover on the left if need be and his versatility is something that Gerrard may look to make the most of as the season goes on and injuries and suspension take their toll on the Light Blues squad.

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