Jimmy Bullard wishes he had made Ibrox transfer after visiting Rangers

Jimmy Bullard

Jimmy Bullard has admitted his love for Rangers having visited the club this week.

Jimmy Bullard has told the Daily Record that he would have jumped at the chance to sign for Rangers having spent time with the club this week.

Bullard, who established himself as a productive Premier League midfielder with Wigan Athletic, Fulham and Hull City, retired back in 2012, but has been with Rangers over the last few days.

The former midfielder took in training sessions with Mark Warburton's men as part of a feature for Sky Sports, and has now been discussing his love for the club.

Bullard has told the Daily Record that he could have signed for Celtic some time ago, but having spent time with Rangers, the 36-year-old says that he has been impressed with the size of the club - and wishes he could have signed for them during his playing days.

"This is a proper football club. I couldn't believe how sharp all the boys were. It's a massive football club," said Bullard. "I had the chance to sign for Celtic and it was one I wish I went to to give me Champions League football, but didn't take it because the missus was pregnant and there were a couple of little issues in the contract that I wasn't happy with but now I'm here, and I look a lot better in blue."

"For me it is all about timing. I've always wanted to play Premier League football but if the timing was right and it was the right manager and I liked the things he said then without a shadow of a doubt. I've never played for a big football club and for me, Rangers is one of the biggest football clubs so I'd have jumped at the chance if the timing was right," he added.

Some people believe that the lure of playing for Rangers has decreased given their Scottish Championship status, but Bullard's comments once again show that the Gers are still a huge club, and an attractive proposition to current players.

Manager Mark Warburton has nine wins from nine in the Scottish Championship this season, and with Premier League youngsters on loan such as Dominic Ball, Gedion Zelalem and Nathan Oduwa, it's clear that Rangers can still attract players to Ibrox - even though they aren't in the top flight of Scottish football right now.

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