Aaron Ramsey has joined Rangers on loan from Juventus for the remainder of the season.
Ramsey’s move is seen as a major coup for Scottish Premiership leaders, with Juventus cooperating over wages to ensure he fits into the Ibrox squad’s wage structure.
The Welsh international who has scored 20 times in 71 games for his country has also interested several Premier League clubs.
Ramsey – who has made 83 appearances for Juventus – could make his Rangers debut at Celtic on Wednesday, live on sky sports.
He said: “I am really delighted to join a club like Rangers, where there is so much to look forward to by May.
“I had a number of offers on the table, but none matched the scale of this club, with European football and the ability to play in front of 50,000 fans every two weeks.
“I’ve had fantastic conversations with the manager and Ross Wilson, and I’m really looking forward to working with them and meeting the supporters.”
Manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst added: “I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to add a player of Aaron’s quality, experience and leadership to our squad.
“As soon as this was brought up as a possibility, I was really keen that we try everything to get the deal done, and huge credit has to go to Ross and the board for the job they’ve done on this. topic.”
Sporting director Ross Wilson said: “He’s a really exciting signing for Rangers and Aaron. As soon as I was told about the opportunity we had to bring Aaron to Rangers about a week ago , we worked very hard to secure his signature.
“Not only is Aaron a world-class player who will play a key role in our team, but his level of ability and professional standards will be an inspiration to our current players.
“We see Aaron as a leader, a quality player and a wonderful character to integrate into our club. Any deal we reach must respect our normal salary model and Aaron’s desire to play here has enabled us to achieve this with the cooperation of Juventus.”
Boyd: ‘Rangers remain one of Britain’s biggest clubs’
Sky Sports’ Kris Boyd:
“Aaron Ramsey’s deal with Rangers shows that the club is still one of the biggest in the UK. He turned down Premier League clubs to join Rangers and the player talks about playing in front of 50,000 fans, European football and the chance to go win trophies.
“He’s not motivated by money otherwise he wouldn’t be near Rangers. But we know that’s part of the salary structure at Rangers so there are no issues there. is a fantastic signing not just for Rangers but for Scottish football as a whole.
“Maybe tomorrow when it starts to sink in with people, Paul Gascoigne going to Rangers was probably the last time a real footballer arrived in Scottish football. That’s what Ramsey is. It shows you just the appeal of Rangers.”
Ferdinand: Ramsey’s biggest signing since Gascoigne
Former St Mirren, West Ham and Sunderland defender Anton Ferdinand:
“Having Ally McCoist say this is the biggest signing since Paul Gascoigne tells you why he should go.
“If he does half as well as Paul Gascoigne, he will be considered a king up there.
“For someone who’s had the career he’s had, the ups and downs and the bad injuries, going to Juventus and it didn’t work out, coming to a club like Rangers and, if he does the trick, being a king in and around Glasgow and around Ibrox would be fantastic for him.
“It would be a fantastic way for him to see and maybe end his career.”
Merson: Good news for Rangers, bad news for Celtic
Sky Sports’ Paul Merson:
“This is great news for Rangers, bad news for Celtic. It just shows you how far these two teams have come and how important they are to Aaron Ramsey going to Rangers. It shows how big these two clubs are, in my opinion.
“Wales are going to play Scotland in the World Cup qualifiers, and a Scottish team are going to play against them for game time to try and eliminate Scotland!
“He was disappointing in Serie A. He got behind the eight gates early, got injured, and I think when you move to a big club like that you have to start well. I’m shocked that there aren’t many Premier League clubs for him.
“He’s a goalscoring midfielder, a good player. I’m shocked there aren’t more players for him. I don’t know of a team he wouldn’t improve. He no more Frank Lampards around scoring goals from midfield as you watch Newcastle buy players left, right and center – he would be the best they have bought by a country mile.”
Can Ramsey still cut it?
Sky Sports’ Jack Wilkinson:
Ramsey was widely applauded for taking the leap to play overseas, and it was a move that was almost certainly justified.
Although he didn’t quite reach the levels he achieved in his final season at Arsenal, Ramsey’s first two campaigns at Juventus under Maurizio Sarri and then Andrea Pirlo were successful and saw the Welsh win the Serie A, Coppa Italia and Italian Super Cup titles.
However, problems have arisen this season under Massimiliano Allegri, mainly in the form of injuries, which have limited him to just three Serie A appearances this season.
In fact, Ramsey has missed 17 games this season, as many as in his first two seasons combined at Juventus.
Ramsey will undoubtedly look back on his time at Juventus, the success he enjoyed and the opportunity to discover a new football culture, with fondness, but for a 31-year-old player, and with a good part of his career. remaining, he cannot appear as rarely as he did.
With Juventus expected to take Ramsey’s big salary off the wage bill, leaving the club could suit both the club and the player.
A clearer indication of the prowess Ramsey still possesses and his eventual suitability for Rangers can be seen by studying his performances for Wales since moving to Juventus, rather than his struggles last season at Turin.
Remarkably, Ramsey has scored more goals for his country, 13, since joining Juventus than he actually has for Juventus, and this despite playing three times as many Serie A games. .
In terms of name and reputation alone, three-time FA Cup winner Ramsey would certainly sprinkle stardust on Giovani van Bronckhorst’s side, who head into 2022 in position to retain the Premiership title Scottish.