02 Sep Senderos hungry for success
Philippe Senderos may be Rangers newest recruit, but he is already aware of age-old Ibrox expectations.
The Swiss centre-back signed a one-year deal on transfer deadline day after impressing on trial at the Govan club.
The Light Blues, under Mark Warburton, are back in the Ladbrokes Premiership for the first time in four years, but will be judged against old foes Celtic, who are looking to win their sixth successive Ladbrokes Premiership title.
Asked what he would like to achieve in the season ahead, the 31-year-old former Arsenal defender told broadcast media: “Hopefully play as many games as possible and help Rangers do as well as possible, which is hopefully win the title.
“We know the expectation about this football club is to come first, so we are going to work as hard as we do out on the training pitch, try to replicate it at the weekend and win as many games as possible.
“This is the first season back in the Premiership, we know the expectation about Rangers is very high.
“We know the challenge is very big and the road is long.
“We still have a lot to do during the season to be able to talk about fighting for the title.
“There is a lot of quality in this team and I have seen enough.
“The players work very hard in training and everyone wants to do well, so hopefully I can come in and help the team as well.
“I try to prove to myself every day and to my team-mates. I am very hungry.
“I want to show every single day that I can do it and be part of this team. If I get picked I will always give 100 per cent.”
Senderos was relaxed with the suggestion that he was not necessarily first choice for Warburton.
Joleon Lescott decided against a move to Rangers following talks with the club before he signed for Greek side AEK Athens on a two-year deal from Aston Villa.
Former Fulham, Aston Villa and Grasshoppers defender Senderos said: “Every club has a lot of targets – one, two, three.
“You are aware that they are looking at other people, but I try to focus on the things I can control and it was me coming up here and having this opportunity to train here and hopefully do well.
“I am really pleased that I have signed here.”