Fresh from completing the signing of defender Danny Wilson, new Rangers manager Mark Warburton has made his second signing of the summer with the capture of Wigan Athletic’s Rob Kiernan.
The 24-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the Scottish Championship side after the Ibrox side paid an undisclosed fee to the League One side – with some reporting a fee of around £200,000 changing hands.
Kiernan spent the second half of last season on loan to Birmingham City and was on the verge of signing for the English championship side but the St.Andrews side pulled out of the deal after concerns were raised over his medical.
The former Irish youth international was previously on loan to Kilmarnock during the 2009-10 season making just five appearances for then Killie manager Jimmy Calderwood’s side.
Speaking to the official Rangers website, a delighted Kiernan said: “I’m over the moon to be honest. I’m so glad it’s been done now and I can concentrate on going forward. When Mark phoned me I think that was the persuading factor. I’ve known Mark for a while and I’ve been eager to work with him for a long time.
“I think it’s going to be good, I think he’s going to be good for me and good for the club. I think we can go forward together and with David (Weir) around him it’s going to be good.
“I was obviously over the moon when he [Warburton] gave me the call but we’ve tried to link up before at previous clubs and he’s someone I admire. I think he’s done really well from what he has come from and he’s known me as a kid actually at Watford.
“He helped me a lot so I wasn’t surprised, I was over the moon obviously, but I’m glad he’s done that now. As soon as I saw that he got the (Rangers) job that was something I was definitely interested in.
“When he gave me the phone call I said ‘Listen Mark, there’s no doubt in my mind I’ll come and play for you and for Rangers’. What an opportunity. I’ve just been to the stadium, I’ve looked around [Murray Park] and it’s definitely the right decision for me, I’m made up.”