New Glasgow Rangers striker, Cyriel Dessers, is determined to be his own man at Ibrox as he bids to fill the void left by Alfredo Morelos.
Colombian Morelos was a fans’ favourite during his six-year spell at Ibrox, where he scored 124 goals before his contract ran out at the end of last season.
Dessers became Michael Beale’s sixth signing of the summer transfer window when he joined from Cremonese on a four-year deal for a reported fee of around £4.5m.
Speaking at a media conference from Rangers’ training base in Germany, Dessers said, “Of course Alfredo did amazing things for Rangers at Ibrox, so it is never easy to come after a good striker like he was.
“But on the other side, I cannot look at the past.
“I am here for the present and for the future and I hope to do some nice things, some good things for Rangers as well and I hope I can build a similar relationship with the fans but that will depend on our relationship and the things I do on the pitch and off the pitch.
“So I am confident that can work.”
The 28-year-old Dessers joins Abdallah Sima, Sam Lammers, Jack Butland, Dujon Sterling, Kieran Dowell and Leon Balogun as Beale’s new boys for the upcoming season.
The former Utrecht, Heracles Almelo, and Genk player also hope to win titles at the club.
“Rangers of course is a massive club, the history, the stadium, the fans, even the city, everything is amazing.
“But apart from that, of course I spoke with the manager as well and he spoke about what is going on now.
“After not such an easy season, there is a new wind at the club and I want to be a part of that.
“I am at a good age right now, 28 is the perfect age where you are physically at your top level and you have gained some experience from the last years.
“So, I think that it is a perfect time to play for trophies and hopefully win some and of course the mentality of Rangers, which is present at this moment in the team already, is clear and it is clear that I want to be a part of that.
“I think I can bring some things, not only football-wise but mentality-wise in the locker room and I hope I can play a role as well in that.”