Glasgow Rangers manager Michael Beale is delighted with the signing of Kieran Dowell after his Norwich City departure.

The 25-year-old midfielder's contract at Carrow Road expires on July 1, at which point he'll officially become a Rangers player.

And Beale was pleased to secure Dowell's signature, having been a fan for a number of years.

"I first came across Kieran when I went to Liverpool," he said. "He was across the city at Everton as a young player.

"I watched him come through at Everton, played for all the England age groups. Played 15 or 16 times for England under-21s.

"He's played in the Premier League for Norwich, who have had a few changes of coach in his time there.

"He comes in as a player that knows three or four in our dressing room that he's played with. He's a player I like a lot.

"I like lefties, we've missed a lefty in midfield since we lost Joe Aribo. Similarly to Todd (Cantwell), he can play in the midfield or the upper line. I really like him, and I think he'll really kick on at Rangers.

"He'll be a player that will be seen as a very good signing over time. I'm really looking forward to working with him."

Beale also had a message for his new charge, having seen departing players' receptions after a 2-2 draw with Hearts at Ibrox.

He continued: "What I would say to the players arriving is that if you see how those boys were treated that are leaving the club, it's a wonderful club to play for.

"If you give your heart and soul for it, and you give everything that you've got for the club, the fans will pay you back tenfold."

Former Canary Todd Cantwell scored in that draw, and his manager praised the impact he's had since joining the Scottish giants.

"He's doing really well," Beale said of the Dereham-born creator. "People should just enjoy him while he's in our league. He's been in our league for a few months and he’s shown lots of bright things.

"Tonight he scored a fantastic goal. He’s feisty and he’s everything that fans want - to play the game with passion."