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Tuesday, 25 June 2013 15:55

Great Expectations

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RICHARD FOSTER hopes already having an awareness of the expectation levels at Rangers can help him make a positive impact in his second spell at the club.

The full-back will start a two-year contract at Ibrox on September 1 subject to registration having had his deal with previous club Bristol City terminated.

Like fellow new addition Stevie Smith, Foster has played for Gers before having spent time on loan with the Light Blues three seasons ago from Aberdeen.

Back then, he played 15 league games as Walter Smith won the SPL in his final season as manager and he enjoyed nine other outings including seven in Europe.

Taking on the likes of Manchester United, Valencia, PSV and Sporting in the Champions League and Europa League was invaluable for Foster.

He knows fans of the 54-times Scottish champions were looking for good results against even those sides.

And with the club now moving through the leagues back to the top, he knows demands to succeed are still alive and well.

Foster told RangersTV: “The fans here expect a certain level of performance and expect to win every game. Hopefully I can bring something to the team in that respect.

“When I first came down here from Aberdeen the last time, I did get my eyes opened a bit and I realised just how big the club was.

“Now, already knowing what the fans are like and everything else too, I understand what to expect.

“The league is the most is the most important thing for us this season but the cups are massive for us too.

“We want to see how well-equipped we are against the bigger teams and last year was a bit disappointing in that respect so we’ll be looking to do better this year.”

Foster first learned of Rangers’ interest a week ago and arrived in Glasgow yesterday to finalise his deal.

A follower of the club himself, he has looked on from afar and retained an interest in developments at Ibrox since he moved to England at the start of 2012.

Things at Gers have clearly changed from when he played in Glasgow previously but he still couldn’t resist the chance to return to Govan.

Foster added: “I loved my time when I was here and things are obviously a lot different to the way they were then but I was happy to get the chance to come back all the same.

“When you walk into a facility such as Murray Park, you realise you are at a proper football club and the stadium is incredible too.

“I was hearing that last season Rangers were getting 50,000 people at home and you don’t get to play in front of crowds like the one at Ibrox anywhere else.

“There were a lot of factors in me coming back and Rangers are a massive club. They’re one of the biggest if not the biggest in Scotland.

“Regardless of the league they are in, they are still huge and over the next two years my aim is to help them try to get back up.

“I obviously have to prove myself and to be fair to the Rangers fans, they’ve always been prepared to wipe the slate clean and give people a chance.

“I felt in the games I played here before that I did quite well and I want to show I can still do a job for the team now.

“The chance to come back only arose in the last few days and when I spoke to my agent about it, I was really interested.

“I’m now at a great club again with great facilities and a great stadium. It’s one I love being at and I supported Rangers when I was younger so it ticks every box for me.”

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