Todd Cantwell admitted the lure of big European nights at Ibrox sealed his desire to join Rangers from Norwich City.

The Canaries’ academy product called time on a 13-year Carrow Road career when he completed a move to Glasgow on Monday for an undisclosed fee on a long term deal.

Cantwell had fallen out of favour under previous Norwich boss Dean Smith, but believes in Rangers’ chief Michael Beale he has a manager who can get the best out of him.

“He was massive for me. It is really important to have a manager that believes in you but also, that you believe in them,” said the 24-year-old. “Loads of players say that, but it is the truth - you need to be on board with everything really if you want to get the best version of yourself, and I feel like this manager can definitely get that out of me and I am really looking forward to starting working with him.

"I think this is a very important stage of my career, if I'm being honest, and a very important move.

"Speaking to Ross (Wilson, sporting director) and speaking to the manager, they seem like two very good people as well as being good at their job and what they do.

"The manager was very clear with me and laid out exactly what it is that they like about me and what it is they want from me. For a player, that is all you can ever ask for - clarity.”


Cantwell enjoyed a successful loan spell at Dutch club Fortuna Sittard in his early days but is looking forward to experiencing European club competition.

“I can't wait,” he said, speaking in his first Rangers’ official interview. “It is something that you always watch, those European nights during the week, and I have watched plenty of games with Rangers and the success they had in the Europa League not that long ago.

"I am really excited to get into that sort of competition and to be playing in Europe and some of the biggest stages in the world. I am really looking forward to it. The chance to play in Europe and to obviously win things - that is why I am here, to win trophies.

“It is something I can't wait for to be honest - getting going and playing. It is obviously a massive stadium with a fantastic fanbase, and while I am not used to that size of stadium being on my side - as I've only ever played away from home in stadiums like that - to have it on my side I think will be really powerful.”