Spanish midfielder Jon Toral has been reflecting on his time away from parent club Arsenal in a video released by the Gunners on their official YouTube account earlier today. The ex-Barcelona kid spoke about how his move to Ibrox came about. The 22-year-old spent the second half of last season at Rangers and made 15 appearances, scoring twice, during his 5 months in Glasgow and, despite maybe not hitting the heights expected, the Reus-born midfielder showed some glimpses of his undoubted ability.
"I chose to go back to Spain to play in the First Division there (for Granada) but it didn’t work out so I had to look for something else in the winter transfer market and the option to come to Rangers came up," he said. "I knew the manager Mark Warburton from Brentford and he was here at the time. He talked about the team a bit and the Scottish league, and I knew a lot about Rangers already as they’re a massive club, but he told me about it a bit more and I thought it was the best option because I knew the manager and it would be good to get some games before the end of the season and finish the season strongly.
"It’s tough sometimes (being out on loan) and you have to adapt to everything; every loan I've had I’ve needed time to adapt as it’s not easy to move around and live in different countries and get used to different leagues. The quicker you can do that, the quicker you can prove on the pitch you’re there to play games for the team you are at.
"Since the first time I stepped into Glasgow, with all the people and expectations, you can tell it’s a massive club; not only in this country but in the world. The number of titles they have and all the history they have it’s a massive club and to have been part of it for six months was an honour and I’m proud of myself for that."
"It’s an amazing feeling seeing 50,000 just jumping around and the atmosphere is amazing. To play in front of 50,000 who give everything for the club is amazing; the pitch, the crowd, it’s a special feeling."
"It’s been amazing to be part of this club"
You can watch the full video below: