New Rangers signing Matt Gilks shares his initial reaction to Ibrox move

Leicester's Jamie Vardy goes past Blackpool's Matt Gilks to score a goal which is later disallowed

Glasgow Rangers have signed Matt Gilks on a free transfer following his departure from Premier League-bound Burnley.

(L-R) Scotland's Matt Gilks, Allan McGregor and Iain Turner during training

Newly-signed Rangers goalkeeper Matt Gilks has revealed on the club’s official website his initial reaction when he learned that the Gers were interested in him.

Gilks has joined Scottish giants Rangers on a two-year contract on a free transfer following his departure from Premier League-bound Burnley at the end of the 2015-16 season.

The 34-year-old goalkeeper is delighted to have joined the Scottish Premiership-bound outfit.

The Scotsman has revealed that when he got the call regarding the prospect of signing for Mark Warburton’s side, he could not initially believe it.

(L-R) Scotland's Matt Gilks, Russell Martin and Ross McCormack arrive for training

“It’s fantastic,” Gilks told Rangers’ official website. “As soon as the phone call was made to me by Jim Stewart (Rangers goalkeeping coach) my eyes lit up when I saw his name. I thought ‘oh please be asking me’, so I’m absolutely delighted to be here.”

“Yeah, I was thinking he might be asking me if there were any goalies I know who would fancy it!” joked the former Blackpool goalkeeper.

“But thankfully he mentioned about me coming up and I’ve known Jim obviously through the Scotland set-up, he’s a fantastic bloke.”

Leicester's Jamie Vardy goes past Blackpool's Matt Gilks to score a goal which is later disallowed

Rangers won the Scottish Championship title last season and will feature in the Scottish Premiership during the 2016-17 campaign.

The Gers have been quite busy in the summer transfer window so far, and have signed Joey Barton and Clint Hill among others.

The Ibrox outfit will be expected by many to compete with Old Firm rivals Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title next season.

Celtic will start the 2016-17 season as favourites to win the league title, but Warburton’s side will be aiming to give their bitter rivals a run for their money.

Giorgios Karagounis (Not Pictured) scores the first goal for Fulham past Blackpool's Matt Gilks

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