KIERNAN CAPTURE ‘SENDS OUT A SIGNAL’
SOUTHEND boss Phil Brown has described the capture of Rangers defender Rob Kiernan as a coup for the club.
The 26-year-old quit Ibrox this week to sign a three-year deal at Roots Hall for an undisclosed fee.
Kiernan enjoyed a bright start to his Rangers career, playing a key role in Mark Warburton’s side as they were promoted back to the Scottish Premiership in 2015.
But, after falling out of favour with new manager Pedro Caixinha, Brown was ecstatic to have lured the centre-half back to England.
He said: “It’s really significant. One, because Rob’s been playing for a club such as Glasgow Rangers and he’s decided to come and join us.
“Two, it’s a permanent transfer fee. I know it’s an undisclosed fee, but at the end of the day it’s a sign that we are prepared to go to the next level in terms of transfers.
“The support from the chairman has certainly come within the wage structure, but this time it’s a real step forward, a real move in the right direction that we can attract the likes of Rob Kiernan. He will be, without a shadow of a doubt, a force to be reckoned with at the back.
“People shouldn’t take lightly how difficult it is to play for a club such as Glasgow Rangers. You’re expected to win week in and week out.
“There’s a lot of pressure playing for Rangers and we’ve managed to get someone with that mentality to play alongside the likes of Michael Turner, Anton Ferdinand and the big players we’ve got at the football club.”
MOVE: Rob Kiernan