Rangers winger Tom Lawrence has said his switch to Ibrox did get a seal of approval from his former Derby County manager Wayne Rooney.
The Wales international opted to leave Pride Park on a free transfer and he has revealed he did consult the Manchester United legend about making the move to Scotland:
“It’s a big step for me. I had chats with family and things like that. It’s a big move coming here but one I’m looking forward to. I did speak to (Wayne) a little bit. Obviously, he’s happy for me, we had a great relationship on and off the pitch last year. It was all good.”
Lawrence has looked impressive in pre-season, and his ability to play multiple positions in midfield will give manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst plenty of flexibility heading into matches.
It remains to be seen, though, whether the 28-year-old will start games every week. Malik Tillman and Alex Lowry could give him a run for his money for minutes in his favoured no. 10 role.
However, Lawrence can also be deployed out wide, specifically on the left flank, but he will face competition from Ryan Kent if he is to get game time in that position. The added depth in midfield, however, should benefit the whole team.