Matt Crooks admits he still can't believe Rangers were interested in signing him

Accrington Stanley's Matt Crooks celebrates after he scores his sides first goal

The 22-year-old left Accrington for Rangers earlier this summer.

Accrington Stanley's Matt Crooks celebrates after he scores his sides first goal

Rangers signing Matt Crooks has admitted to the club's official website that he still cannot believes that the Scottish giants wanted to sign him, more than five months after a deal was agreed to bring him to Ibrox.

Crooks, along with his Accrington teammate Josh Windass, signed a pre-contract agreement with the Glasgow side in January to join up with the club this summer.

The League Two pair became Mark Warburton's first signings of the summer, and have since been joined by bigger-name additions such as Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar.

Niko Kranjcar - Queens Park Rangers on the bench

Crooks has had months for the move to settle in and has now had a couple of weeks to integrate himself into hi new surroundings, but the 22-year-old admits he still cannot believe that he is now playing at a club that he ranks up there with some of Europe's biggest.

The versatile player told the club's website: "It was weird being at Accrington and then hearing a name like Rangers as it’s such a massive club – right up there with the Man United’s and the Real Madrid’s.

Accrington Stanley's Matt Crooks in action with Newport's Scott Barrow and Scott Bennett

"I couldn’t believe when my agent told me of the interest, and I came up and signed straight away. I had spoken to a couple of lads who had worked with the gaffer and they had told me about his passing style.

"I then came up for the Celtic game and witnessed it for myself as we passed them off the park that day. I believe it’s something that can suit me."

Crooks will have a fight on his hands to hold down a regular starting berth for the Glasgow side, but the thrill and experience of playing alongside such stars as FA Cup-winner Kranjcar will surely aid the young player's development.

General view during the match

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