SPL - Rangers sign striker Beattie
PA Sport - Fri, 13 Aug 15:23:00 2010
Rangers have confirmed the signing of striker James Beattie from Stoke.
The former Blackburn forward travelled to Glasgow for talks with Rangers chief executive Martin Bain and manager Walter Smith before putting pen to paper.
Beattie has signed a two-year contract, with a further one-year option, after moving for an undisclosed fee.
The Englishman was Walter Smith's first signing since Maurice Edu arrived at Ibrox two years ago.
Beattie said: "I'm delighted to sign for a club like Glasgow Rangers and it was quite a quick deal as far as I'm concerned.
"I came to Ibrox and was met by the gaffer and Martin Bain. They showed me around the stadium, which was magnificent and you can see it is a club steeped in history.
"I then walked out on to the pitch, which was magnificent.
"The walk-out, even when the stadium was empty, was something so I'm looking forward to walking out when it's full.
"There was interest from other clubs but when you come here and speak to Walter Smith and have a look around, the decision was easy."