The Rangers midfielder Jason Holt was allowed to leave Ibrox on loan by Steven Gerrard.

Jason Holt has admitted that he was eager to leave Rangers despite having loved his time at Ibrox.

Holt moved to Rangers in from Hearts in 2015, for a fee reported by Transfermarkt to be just £82,000.

For that, Rangers got 115 appearances, 15 goals and 19 assists from central midfield.

But as the Ibrox side progressed under a combination of managers, culminating in Steven Gerrard, Holt’s involvement decreased.

The 26-year-old’s last game for Rangers came in May 2018 and he spent the whole of last season on loan to Fleetwood Town.

So when St Johnstone came calling at the end of the summer transfer window, Holt, who is in the final year of his Ibrox contract, did not have to think too hard before leaving on another one-year temporary deal. 

“I think it is the best option for myself and my playing career, so it was something I was eager to do,” he said, as quoted by The Daily Record.

“I loved it at Rangers.

“We had some good times, some disappointing times where we didn’t quite achieve what we should have and played with consistency, but overall I really enjoyed.”

And Holt cited the desire shown by Saints boss Tommy Wright as another major factor in his decision to quit Rangers.

“The manager here had made it clear to me for a while he wanted to sign me,” he added.

“So it’s good when you have someone putting in that effort to bring you in the door.”

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