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Rangers sign Philippe Senderos on a one year deal Former Grasshopper secures transfer after trial

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Rangers have confirmed the signing of former Grasshoppers defender Philippe Senderos on a one-year deal.

The 31-year-old was on trial with the Ibrox club after leaving Grasshoppers at the end of last season, but it looked as though a deal would not be offered after Mark Warburton turned his attention to Aston Villa defender Joleon Lescott.

However, Lescott rejected the chance to sign for Rangers and instead made the move to Greece, leaving Rangers high and dry.

Warburton turned back to Senderos, who spent seven years at Arsenal before stints at AC Milan, Everton, Fulham, Valencia and Aston Villa.

Speaking exclusively to Rangers TV, Senderos commented: “I’m delighted to have finally signed, I’m really pleased and I can’t wait to crack on. As soon as I had the opportunity to come up here and train I said ‘yes’, and now I’m really happy to have signed.

“It is a massive club. I went back to Switzerland and I wanted to be at the Euros; unfortunately, it didn’t work out, but when I had the chance to come up here and train and join such as big club, it was a no-brainer for me.

“It’s not a surprise. We’ve had some talks in the past and now the opportunity came up and for me like I said, there was no hesitation.

“I can come up here and show that I can be part of this team. It is a brilliant place, a brilliant opportunity for me and I grabbed it.”

The former Swiss international made 14 appearances for Grasshoppers last season as they finished fourth in the Swiss league.

He could make his debut in the first Glasgow derby of the season at Celtic Park on the 10th September.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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