Rangers complete double player deal

BY foxsports • July 28, 2012

Rangers have signed Ian Black and re-signed Andy Little after being granted conditional Scottish Football Association membership on Friday night.

Midfielder Black was a free agent after his contract with Hearts expired and joins the Ibrox club on a three-year deal.

Northern Ireland striker Little's previous contract with Rangers expired at the end of last season and he has committed himself to two years with the option of a third year.

The registration of both players cannot be fully completed until next Friday, although boss Ally McCoist may be able to use the pair as trialists in Sunday's Ramsdens Cup tie against Brechin.

The Light Blues' SFA membership will be complete next Friday when the formal transfer of the 'old' Rangers' Scottish Premier League share to Dundee takes place, allowing McCoist to register players.

The Gers boss faces a race against time to assemble a squad before a 12-month transfer embargo comes into effect on September 1.

Rangers were voted into the Irn-Bru Third Division, after the club was consigned to liquidation, and Black revealed he opted for the Glasgow giants despite having offers to remain in the SPL.

The 27-year old told rangers.co.uk: "I'm delighted to be here. The move has been a long time in coming with all the talk there has been in the papers.

"About four weeks ago, there was a bit of interest shown and, after that, it was just a waiting game for me. I was really excited to hear the manager was interested in me.

"Now I'm thrilled to get the opportunity to come and play here. I had a good few other clubs wanting me to sign for them but coming to a club like this is great.

"I had opportunities to stay in the SPL and people might criticise me for not doing that but I want to win things here now.

"I know Rangers are in the Third Division but you only get an opportunity to come somewhere like here once.

"It's something I wanted to give a shot. Playing in front of big crowds will be great and I'm looking forward to it."

Little - who also had other offers - spoke of his relief at remaining with Rangers following weeks of uncertainty over his own future and that of the club.

He told the club's official website: "I think relief is probably one word to describe it. It's been really, really tough these last few months.

"I know it's been hard for everyone but I've found it particularly tough not knowing where I was going to be or what my future was.

"Everybody saw that the story changed every day and it was very much in the public eye and I'm delighted now that I know where I'm going to be playing my football now.

"I was never in a massive rush because I had some time where I could weigh up my options and I'm glad that I didn't rush it because I had a couple of times where other clubs were giving me dates to make a decision.

"I found it very difficult to think about going to those clubs without knowing the future of Rangers and that was a big thing for me.

"I wanted to wait until the end to find out what was happening but I'm really, really happy to be back here."

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