Ex-Rangers youth ace Daryl Fordyce reflects on decision to snub Newcastle for Ibrox move

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Daryl Fordyce has looked back on his time with Rangers.

FC Edmonton striker Daryl Fordyce has told The Scottish Sun that he loved his time at Rangers, having snubbed the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle.

Fordyce, now 29, is currently playing in Canada for FC Edmonton, having enjoyed a fruitful career in his native Northern Ireland with Glentoran and Linfield, hitting 62 goals in 263 games combined.

Now working under former Rangers defender Colin Miller with Edmonton, Fordyce has now looked back on his own time with the Gers.

Fordyce joined Rangers at the age of just ten back in 1997, and spent six years with the Glasgow giants, playing for the club's youth team as he made his way up through the ranks at Ibrox.

The forward eventually left for Portsmouth at the age of 16, but he has told The Scottish Sun just how much it meant to sign for his boyhood club.

Fordyce claims he had interest from Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle United, but chose to reject them all and sign for Rangers, and was 'delighted' having grown up supporting the club.

He also admitted that he travelled to games with current Southampton midfielder Steven Davis, who also came up through the ranks at Rangers, but decided to leave for Portsmouth when he felt he wouldn't get first-team opportunities at Ibrox.

"I went over from Belfast to Glasgow every couple of weeks between the ages of 10 and 16," said Fordyce. "I loved it and was delighted when I was told I was getting a youth-team contract. At the time I could’ve gone to a few clubs. Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle were all keen. But I loved it at Rangers and really felt at home there. I used to travel over with Steven Davis."

"We used to go abroad in competition — we played in the Willem II tournament in Holland, which is a famous youth-team tournament. We lost to Barcelona in the final. It was an exciting time but I realised if I signed a pro contract my chances of making the first team would be very limited. I decided to join Portsmouth, who were in the Premiership then," he added.

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