Midfielder Lee McCulloch has seen a dream switch from Wigan Athletic FC to Rangers FC go through, insisting that he will "play for the badge" at Ibrox.
The Ibrox club had a €1.1m bid rejected for the 29-year-old in January but after securing their English Premier League status for a further season, the Lancashire-based outfit have seen fit to accept an improved offer which was nearer their valuation of €3m. McCulloch signed for Wigan from Motherwell FC in January 2001, helping them win promotion to the English top flight two years later and went on to make 224 appearances during his six and a half years at the club.
'A club with tradition'
"I'm delighted to be coming to such a massive club, a club with ambition and a club with tradition," said McCulloch, who has signed a four year contract at Rangers. "It really is brilliant and one of the best days of my life. I'm here to play for the badge. I had hoped I would get the move in January but Wigan wouldn't budge. But that's all in the past now because the most important thing is that I have signed here now. Walter Smith and Ally McCoist were great with me during their period with Scotland and the fact they wanted to bring me here is fantastic."
McCulloch has become the latest in a raft of summer signings that has included, among others, DaMarcus Beasley, Carlos Cuéllar and Roy Carroll. The 2006/07 Scottish Premier League runners-up have also completed the six-month loan signing of Austria Under-18 midfielder Marco Mitchetschlager from FC Admira Wacker. Rangers will begin their UEFA Champions League campaign in the second qualifying round against either FK Zeta or FBK Kaunas.