Jermaine Beckford of Preston North End appeals for a peanlty
Preston North End striker Jermaine Beckford has told BBC Radio Lancashire that he can understand why team-mate Joe Garner is signing for Rangers.
Garner, 28, is expected to complete his move to Glasgow over the weekend, with the Daily Record reporting that a £1.8m deal has been agreed with Preston for the striker's services.
Joe Garner celebrates scoring for Preston North End from the penalty spot
A lifelong Preston supporter, Garner has unsurprisingly become a fan favourite during his time at Deepdale, both for his passion for the club and for his superb goal record.
Whilst last season was difficult with just six goals to his name in the Championship, Garner had thrived in League One for Preston, smashing 43 league goals in just two seasons for the Lilywhites.
Now, Garner is set to leave his boyhood club in order to join Rangers, with a three-year deal seemingly set to be signed by the striker, as Mark Warburton finally lands the centre forward he's been looking for this summer.
Joe Garner of Preston North End shoots at goal
Garner's move comes as a massive blow for Preston, who have lost all three of their Championship games so far this season, and his strike partner Jermaine Beckford has now had his say on the move.
Beckford, who thrived alongside Garner towards the end of the 2014/15 season, told BBC Radio Lancashire that it's a shame to see Garner leave the club, but understands why he felt it was a great opportunity.
Jermaine Beckford celebrates scoring for Preston North End, completing his hat-trick
With European football potentially on offer next season, Beckford feels a move to Ibrox was difficult to turn down for Garner, but suggested that the striker could end up returning to Deepdale at some point in the future, such is his love for the club.
“It's a shame, but at the same time you've got to look at the situation he was in as well,” said Beckford. “He felt it was too big of an opportunity for him to miss out on, with the possibility of reaching either the Champions League or the Europa League next season as Rangers are up there with Celtic, and are going to be battling for the title. If you look at it from that point of view, it's very difficult to turn down."
"At the same time, he'll be a huge loss here. Everybody here, including myself, wishes him the best of luck, and hopefully he continues with the good work that he's been doing and he makes of a success of it. You never know, he might come back one day – we'll see," he added.
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