Barry Ferguson claims Rangers' summer signing Matt Gilks always showed an interest in Ibrox club during their time at Blackpool

General view of Ibrox - Rangers

The goalkeeper is one of eight signings that Glasgow Rangers boss Mark Warburton has brought to Ibrox this summer.

Giorgios Karagounis (Not Pictured) scores the first goal for Fulham past Blackpool's Matt GilksMatt Gilks during his time with Blackpool where he played alongside a Rangers hero

Barry Ferguson has disclosed to the Daily Record that newly-signed Rangers goalkeeper Matt Gilks always took an interest in the Ibrox club when the pair were at Blackpool together.

The 34-year-old is one of eight new faces that have been added to Mark Warburton's squad this summer as the Light Blues prepare for their return to the Scottish Premiership.

Barry Ferguson - BlackpoolBarry Ferguson during his time with Blackpool

And while Ferguson expressed some doubt about the acquisition of a stopper who has barely played in the last few years, he has seemingly suggested that there can be no concerns about the passion the veteran will take in playing for the club as he appears to have always been keen on the idea of joining them.

"I was at Blackpool with Gilks and he always took an interest in Rangers. I have no doubt he will be a good recruit," he told the Record.

"My only concern is he hasn't played a lot – two games in two years – but there's no doubt he's a good keeper.

"He's 34-years-old and he'll be good in the dressing room. He's a winner but it will be a shock to the system when he sees how passionate and demanding it is at Ibrox."

(L-R) Scotland's Matt Gilks, Russell Martin and Ross McCormack arrive for trainingMatt Gilks, left, with the Scotland national team

Ferguson's claim about Gilks taking an interest in the Gers during their time together at Bloomfield Road arguably highlights the stature of a club like Rangers, especially as a previous report in the Daily Record stated that the goalkeeper is not even a fan of the side but is, in fact, a follower of Oldham.

And Mark Warburton may be extremely encouraged by hearing about the conversations the club's former captain and his new signing used to have.

It proves that even while playing in England, the thought of joining Rangers is a hugely attractive prospect to some players, and that may benefit enormously in future when they are battling with top clubs for the signatures of their key targets. 

Rangers manager Mark Warburton (R) and Hibernian manager Alan StubbsRangers manager Mark Warburton

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