The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Char­lie Peat

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

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