New Partick Thistle recruit Ade Azeez says settling into life in Scotland has been boosted by a surprising spot of retail therapy.
The former AFC Wimbledon frontman moved north earlier this summer but admits he had no high hopes for what he would find in his adopted home.
However, the 22-year-old claims Glasgow has so far proved itself more than capable of catering for all his needs.
Azeez said: “I was optimistic before coming up here and everything has been great so far. I’ve been made to feel really welcome by everyone.
“I didn’t know what to expect because I’ve never been to Scotland before.
“I probably didn’t give it enough respect because it’s got everything you need here, the same as London, so I’m happy.
“At the back of my head I was thinking there would only be about three or four shops. But when I came here I was surprised to see how big the shopping centre was.
“I’m of African descent and it’s nice to see they’ve got African cuisine here too. It feels like I’ve got a home away from home.
“My every whim is catered for. You’ve got the clothes, the food, everything. It’s good.”
Having made himself at home in the city, he now wants to make a name for himself with Thistle.
Azeez was part of the AFC Wimbledon side which won promotion to Sky Bet League One at the end of last term after a Wembley play-off victory over Plymouth and spoke to team-mate and former Jags striker Lyle Taylor before making the switch.
The striker said: “I spoke to Lyle about coming here and he didn’t have a bad word to say about the club and the fans.
“I knew I was coming to a good club so I’m looking forward to my time here.
“First and foremost I want to score some goals. I’m a striker so I thrive on finding the net. It would be nice to dream and make that top six too.
“I loved my time at Wimbledon but I felt like I needed a change. In League Two, it’s all about the battle. There’s not so much ball playing down there.
“The gaffer here sold me on the club when he told me he likes to get the ball down and play football. I also know David Amoo who plays here and told me the standard is good.”