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Former Ireland U21 star Rob ready for Rangers challenge

Rob Kiernan, an ex-U21 cap with Ireland, is already eyeing up European success with Rangers following his move to the Ibrox club.

Kiernan, caped 11 times at U21 level by Ireland (2010-13), had been expected to sign for Birmingham City from Wigan, but a last-minute bid by Rangers led him to Glasgow and he will follow Jonathan Daly as only the second player from the Republic to play for Rangers in the modern era.

Kiernan (24) said the appointment of Mark Warburton as Gers boss was an attraction, but so was the opportunity to get Rangers back into the SPL and back into Europe.

"There's getting to the Premier League then after that there's obviously the attraction of the Champions League. It's up to us now to get there," Kiernan said.

"I see it as something that can progress, that's why I came here, I want to be part of that and want to look back at my career and think 'I'm glad I went to there and achieved that'.

"I've been in the Championship and at big clubs. It's no disrespect to anyone, it's just that this is another level, second to none. It's something you don't even see in some Premiership clubs. The stadium is incredible, I can only imagine when they fill it what the atmosphere is like."