By Danny Wright
Joe Garner has admitted that he will not be reminiscent of his time at Rangers after his move to Ipswich was confirmed on Friday evening.
A statement on the Gers’ official club website announced that the 29-year-old had moved back to England on a three-year deal after a less than inspiring season north of the border.
He arrived at Ibrox from Preston last summer in a deal worth £1.5million, but it seems that the Gers have only received a fraction of that back with Gers news site GotTheBattleFeverOn reporting earlier this week that a £500,000 fee had been agreed.
Garner scored ten goals in 37 appearances across all competitions for the Light Blues, and despite suffering criticism for his lack of form, has been thankful to the fans for making him feel at home.
“I know all about the Championship. It’s the toughest league I have played in but we’ve got some good players here and I’m ready for the challenge,” he said to iFollow, as quoted on Ipswich’s official club website.
“I had a great time at Rangers and got on well with the fans there but that’s behind me now. It’s a new chapter for me here.”
Garner is right in saying that he has a great understanding of the English second-tier, having made a total of 133 appearances in the competition, scoring 22 goals.
He had spells with Nottingham Forest, Watford and Preston in the Championship, but has never scored more than seven goals in it in one season.
Rangers have made five new signings since the end of the season as Pedro Caixinha looks to put to bed what was an underwhelming return to the Scottish Premiership
However, they are yet to announce the signing of a traditional striker.
HJK Helsinki striker Alfredo Moreles is widely expected to secure a move to Ibrox in the near future after the Express claimed that he was set to undergo a medical in Scotland after agreeing terms.
In other Rangers news, former Gers and Ipswich defender Terry Butcher has had his say on what Garner can and can’t do.