TODD CANTWELL is on the brink of a quickfire Rangers debut after signing a long-term contract from Norwich City.

The 24-year-old midfielder becomes Michael Beale’s first signing since becoming Ibrox gaffer in November and will be named in the squad for Saturday’s home Premiership match against St Johnstone.

Cantwell, whose deal at Carrow Road was due to end in the summer, was the subject of interest from several Championship clubs, but preferred a move to Glasgow.

Blackburn Rovers had a £1.5million bid rejected just over a week ago with the player setting his sights on Gers.

Cantwell said: “I am delighted and I feel very proud. This is obviously a massive football club and I am delighted to get going and to get started.

CARRY ON STRENGTHENING…Michael Beale welcomed Todd Cantwell to the club – and is looking for at least two more recruits in this window.

“This is a massive club and there is a massive responsibility when you sign for Rangers to be the player that the fans want to see.

“They want to see a player that works hard and a player that can win them games which is very important and that is something I am hoping I can bring.”

Boss Beale, speaking to Rangers TV, added: “I am extremely happy to welcome Todd to Rangers.

“He is a player that is fully aligned to our playing style and we believe he will be a key player for the club in the coming seasons.

“I am looking forward to working with him on the pitch this week and integrating him into our fantastic football club.”

Cantwell first came to Beale’s notice when he was working his way through the youth ranks at the East Anglian club.

Following his breakthrough to the first team, the stylish middle-of-the-park operator was tipped for huge things, but he has lost his way in the past year.

Cantwell had a spell at Bournemouth, but they opted out of making the deal permanent.



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