It’s Fran­tas­tic to fi­nally be here! WAIT IS OVER FOR SAN­DAZA AS STRIKER SIGNS FOR GERS

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY AUG 9 - By AN­GUS REID

FRAN­CISCO SAN­DAZA fi­nally got his dream move to Rangers yes­ter­day – af­ter a FOUR-YEAR wait.

The 27-year-old Spa­niard turned down a new deal with St John­stone and has now linked up with Ally McCoist in the Third Division.

He al­most signed a pre­con­tract agree­ment with Gers in Jan­uary but the deal fell through.

Since then Rangers have had a tur­bu­lent six months, end­ing with a move to the bot­tom tier.

But, de­spite all their prob­lems, San­daza says he has wanted to play for them since he first moved to Scot­land in 2008.

“I’m de­lighted to fi­nally come here and to play for this great club,” said the striker.

When I ar­rived four years ago I didn’t speak any English but I knew I wanted to play for a big club like this, at Ibrox, in front of a full sta­dium.”

“I wanted to come in Jan­uary but that didn’t hap­pen.

Dra­matic

“I’m happy that it’s done now and I can’t wait to start play­ing for them.”

He added: “I had of­fers from the sec­ond division in Spain and from Cyprus and Greece, but Ally called me a week ago and told me about the project.

“We start from zero but I’ll go for it. I think we’ll come back soon and I’ll do my best to be part of it.”

One player who won’t be join­ing the Ibrox out­fit is Rob­bie Sav­age.

The for­mer Wales mid­fielder last month of­fered to come out of re­tire­ment and play for Gers for free.

The 37-year-old had claimed on Twit­ter that the of­fer was gen­uine and that he had been in touch with Charles Green.

But yes­ter­day morn­ing he tweeted: “Ally has my num­ber and knows if he needs me I’ll be there!

“But it’s not go­ing to hap­pen at this mo­ment. They have a good squad for div 3 and don’t need an old codger like me!”

Gers have also signed 31-year-old striker Kevin Kyle and Brazil­ian de­fender Emil­son Crib­ari, who was on trial at Ibrox.

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