Scott Arfield has completed his move to Glasgow Rangers after an emotional end to his magnificent five-year stay at Burnley.
Arfield has agreed a four-year deal at Ibrox to become the first new signing for in-coming Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.
The midfielder, 29, was unveiled by the 54-times Scottish champions at lunchtime on Monday, less than 24 hours after saying his farewell to the Clarets’ fans following Sunday’s final Premier League game of the season at Turf Moor.
“It's been quite an emotional day,” said Arfield, who led the Clarets out alongside departing midfielder Dean Marney for their lap of honour at the end of a campaign in which he helped Sean Dyche’s side finish seventh in the Premier League and qualify for Europe.
“The club has been magnificent to me and I feel so lucky that in the rise of the club, I've been quite pivotal in that.
“By far, in the years up to date, this has been the best five years of my career and I can't thank the fans enough for sticking by us for so many years.”
Arfield made 194 appearances for the Clarets and as well as playing 49 times in the Premier League over the last two seasons, was a key player in the club’s two promotions from the Championship after being released by Huddersfield Town and signing as a free agent in 2013.
“It’s been some journey,” he told Turf, the Clarets’ match-day programme.
“From when I came here I just wanted to grasp the opportunity, but I don’t think anyone could have realised the journey we’d go on in the subsequent five years.
“I consider myself very lucky that I arrived at a time when the club really kicked on under the gaffer. It was a privilege to be a part of.
“I look back with 100% affection and the five years I’ve been at Burnley have undoubtedly been the best of my career.
“I think I’ve had a great relationship with the fans because they know what I’m all about and I know what the club is all about. There have been so many memories, but I do feel it’s time to move on and hopefully try to recreate that somewhere else.”
West Lothian-born Arfield, who previously played in the Scottish top flight with Falkirk, now gets the chance to return to Scotland and try and help a Rangers revival under former England captain Gerrard after the Gers finished third in the Scottish Premiership - 12 points behind champions Celtic.
“The size of the club is the biggest pull, because obviously growing up anywhere in Scotland, or even in Europe, you realise how big those two Glasgow clubs are,” added Arfield, out of contract at Burnley this summer.
“At Rangers, where the only way is up, with the experiences I’ve gained at my clubs, I really do believe I can help take it back to the levels it needs to go to; back to Europe and winning silverware, cups and medals.
“I’ve had a taste of success and I want to go back and take that back up there.”