NICKY Law claimed Rangers were too big to turn down after choosing an Irn-Bru Second Division title challenge ahead of a move to the npower Championship.
Law yesterday signed a three-year contract with Rangers that will begin on 1 September, when the Third
Division champions’ transfer embargo
expires, having already told Motherwell of his intention to leave Fir Park.
The announcement of Law’s deal was followed hours later by confirmation that Rangers will sign Dundee United striker Jon Daly.
The Irishman will also sign a two-year contract on 1 September. Daly, who had confirmed his intention to sign for Rangers on Sunday. The 30-year-old was out of contract at Tannadice. Daly, who has also played centre-back for United, scored 72 goals in 203 appearances after signing from Hartlepool in January 2007.
The 25-year-old Law, meanwhile, had talks with several English clubs but the lure of Ibrox and the enthusiasm of manager Ally McCoist proved too strong for the Nottingham-born player.
The former Sheffield United and Rotherham midfielder declared himself “delighted and honoured to sign for this great football club” as he was unveiled at Ibrox. And he added: “It was impossible for me to turn down. It was probably a once-in-a-lifetime offer for me to sign here.
“If you say no to it, you are probably not going to get that opportunity again. When I spoke to him [McCoist], I didn’t think I could ever really say no to it. Playing here at Ibrox in front of
fantastic crowds, and this crowd is fantastic and the attendances here last season for Third Division football were unbelievable, that was a huge draw for me as well.”
Law rejected accusations that leaving the Clydesdale Bank Premier League runners-up and Europa League qualifiers for third-tier football was purely a financial decision. “People will probably say that I’ve come here for the money and there’s no ambition, but certainly not,” said Law, who scored 13 goals in two seasons at Fir Park.
“I could have probably gone down south and done better (financially) than I have coming here but for me it’s not about that and it never has been. It’s always been about the football for me and playing for this football club was impossible to turn down because it’s a fantastic place.
“When you come here to the ground and the training ground and you see how big it is and the history here... I am ambitious and I want to win
titles. You only have to walk out the tunnel and look at the other side of the stadium and you see how many they have won. It’s in the DNA here.
“When you think of Rangers, you think of titles and trophies. I want to be part of that and I’ll do everything to do my bit.”
Law added: “Obviously I’d love to be in the SPL with Rangers but the circumstances are it’s Division Two. But for me it was always just playing for Rangers, whatever the level. It’s a huge opportunity for me to play with one of Europe’s biggest football clubs.
“The manager’s determination to bring me in as well was quite flattering because he desperately wanted to bring me to this football club.”
Law made his Sheffield United debut in the Premier League as a teenager but had just had a season in League Two when he signed for Motherwell. He
admitted the prospect of moving to the Championship had also been a big lure.
“It would have been easy for me to do that because I could have gone home and been nearer my family,” he said.
“But I’ve had a great time in Scotland – two great years at Motherwell, successful years as well. I was quite settled in Scotland.
“But it was just too big for me to turn down. This was the biggest club that I could have signed for. It was as simple as that, really.”