RANGERS completed the loan signing of El-Hadji Diouf as expected before the transfer window slammed to a close tonight at 11pm GMT. The 30-year-old former Senegalese forward is in Glasgow till the end of the season on loan from English side Blackburn Rovers, and his words to the media will please the Rangers support.
Courtesy of the official Rangers website, Diouf in his first interview as a Rangers player said he was delighted to have joined the club and admired the size of Rangers.
Diouf said: “I am very happy to join one of the biggest clubs in the world. This club has a great history. It will be great to wear the shirt and I will do my best.”It’s funny because I played against Rangers in the summer in Australia with Blackburn and I was talking about that with my friend Chris Samba and I know it’s a massive thing for me.
“Rangers are known throughout the world and I want to be a legend here.
“I was talking with Walter Smith about how many Rangers fans went to watch Rangers in Australia. It just shows the power of the club.
“I am so excited about this move. We have a huge game on Wednesday against Hearts because we must win every game in the league and then of course it’s Celtic on Sunday.
“I know all about the big rivalry between the two clubs. I have seen many Rangers-Celtic games because a few of my friends have played for Rangers like Amdy Faye, Jean-Alain Boumsong and Fabrice Fernandes.
“Every one of them always said great things about the club in the past and I always remembered.
“I actually spoke to Diomansy Kamara about coming to Rangers – even although he played for Celtic – and he told me not to hesitate.
“He told me they were a massive club with a massive support and I had to take the chance.
“I was doing well at Blackburn under Sam Allardyce and I think I was playing the best football of my Rovers career but then he left and things changed.
“I am a loyal guy and I liked Sam and things were not working for me so when this chance came up I grabbed it.
“I know this is only a loan move but I would love to make it permanent. I need a change and this is great for me,
“I want to make the fans happy and play good football.
“I will also have the chance to play in the Europa League and that will be fantastic for my father Paolo because he lives in Lisbon.”
And other news concerning outgoings at Ibrox, troubled defender Andy Webster has been released by the club after coming to a deal. It is likely his former club Heart of Midlothan will make a move for the centre back. Also, young Jordan McMillan has been sent to Wrexham on loan to gain some game time and will join up with ex-Ger Marvin Andrews.
It is umlikely that there was any further transfer activity in or out of Govan tonight, so this is the January transfer window summary for the champions;
IN: David Healy (Sunderland, 6-month deal on a free), Kyle Bartley (Arsenal, 6-month loan deal), El-Hadji Diouf (Blackburn Rovers, 6-month loan deal)
OUT: Kenny Miller (Bursaspor, £400,000), James Beattie (Blackpool, 6-month loan deal), Andy Webster (released), Jordan McMillan (Wrexham, 6-month loan deal), Andrius Velicka (St.Gallen on a free)