Rangers have signed Romanian defender Dorin Goian from Palermo for around £750,000 on a three-year deal, subject to international clearance and a work permit. Goian agreed terms with the Ibrox side after the defender passed a medical in Glasgow earlier.
Goian told the club’s official website: “I am glad to be here. For me, it is a big honour to play for a club such as Rangers with so much history, they are one of the top teams in Europe and they have been playing in the Champions League for many years. When you hear a team like Rangers is interested in you, it can only be a good thing.”
He added: “At this moment, I have only good feelings about this move. I do not know a lot about Rangers and I have only really seen them playing on television.
“I don’t really know about the players we have but I know about [manager]Mr [Ally] McCoist because he was a very good player and he is now our manager.”
Despite Goian being signed before tonight’s UEFA Champions League signing deadline, the club had stated that it is unlikely the player will feature in tomorrow’s qualifier against Malmo at Ibrox and in the return leg.
“I hope that I can take a couple of days now to get to know the guys and to get used to my new surroundings,” he added.
“This is a different challenge for me but it is a good one. I have changed team and the country I am playing in but I am a fighter and I know everything here is going to be okay for me.
“When the manager needs me, I know have to be prepared to go on the field and do my all for the team.
“I hope the experiences I have had already in my career will help me to do well and be successful here. I have learned a lot and I am ready to use what I have taken on here.”
McCoist said of his latest acquisition: “He’s a very experienced centre-half, strong, aggressive, tall and it’s definitely something we need. We have been a little bit short defensively for cover and he will certainly be a welcome addition to the team and the squad. I think what you see is what you get – like I say, he’s a strong aggressive defender who’ll attack the ball and win his challenges.”
In the last two years Goian has played in just 40% of Romania’s competitive games according to STV Sport, mainly due to and injury suffered last season, which could hold up his work permit application.
The STV Sport report stated: “But if he can provide documentation proving he was unavailable for selection in that time, the SFA and the Border Agency may look favourably upon his application and grant him a work permit at the first attempt.”
Goian moved to Palermo in a €2 million move from Steaua Bucharest. He struggled to break into the Palermo first team in his first season in Italy, before injury hampered his time in the team last season. He has played 37 games for the Romanian international team.