Football - Broadfoot: Things are on the up for me

Blackpool defender Kirk Broadfoot admitted it was a tough decision to leave Rangers but is starting to find his feet in the Championship.

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The 28-year-old left Ibrox to ease the club's financial difficulties and after a promising start in England, Broadfoot is now targeting a return to the Scotland squad.

"I am not going to lie, it was difficult," he told The Herald on his decision to quit. "It is hard to put into words. I didn't really want to leave, but because of the football I missed I had to go.

"I went and gave everybody a cuddle, including the manager. I said thank you for everything. It was hard to take because it was such a big step when I drove out of those gates at Murray Park for the last time. I didn't realise how big a step it was.

"I took a wage cut to go to Blackpool. I did it to help Rangers and I did it to help my career. I hoped getting off the wage bill would help the manager bring other players in. It worked both ways."

He added: "The Championship has been like a breath of fresh air, going to all these new stadiums, playing against different teams and players. If I can get a few more games the new Scotland manager might come down and have a look and I might even get back into the set-up.

"The ambition is to get in the play-offs with Blackpool. I have now played five on the bounce at centre-half which I feel is my best position. Things are on the up."

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