New Rangers signing Jon Toral has revealed former Ibrox favourite Mikel Arteta helped sell him on his move to Glasgow.
The 21-year-old Spaniard has joined Mark Warburton’s squad on a six-month loan from Arsenal after a similar switch to LaLiga outfit Granada was cut short.
Toral came through the youth ranks at Barcelona but has joined up with Gers in a bid to boost his first-team chances in north London.
And he says it was the advice of fellow La Masia graduate Arteta which helped convince him to make Scotland his next destination.
Arteta spent two years with Rangers after leaving the Catalan giants aged just 20 but used his Ibrox stint as a platform for eventual moves to Everton and the Gunners.
Toral – who spent last season on loan at Birmingham – said: “I’m really happy to be here and I can’t wait to get started.
“I hope I can get to the game in Germany, if not the cup game next week.
“I know Gedion Zelalem had a great time here last season when he was on loan from Arsenal, so that was on my mind.
“I spoke to Mikel Arteta as well and he told me I would enjoy my time here, so that helped me take the decision.
“He told me how big this club is and how well looked after I would be here. That’s good to know from players who have been here in the past.
“Playing in front of 50,000 fans every week is only going to make me better and help set me up for the rest of my career.”