Rangers confirm Joe Garner transfer from Preston
By Mike Patterson
Last Updated: 20/08/16 7:00pm
Rangers have confirmed the signing of striker Joe Garner from Preston on a three-year contract for a reported £1.5m fee.
The 28-year-old has moved north to Ibrox after spending over three-and-a-half years at Deepdale.
He scored 57 goals in 151 appearances for North End after joining them on a free transfer from Watford in January 2013.
Garner started his career at Blackburn but failed to break into the first team and moved to Carlisle before being transferred to Nottingham Forest for £1.14m in July 2008.
He subsequently had loan spells with Huddersfield and Scunthorpe ahead of a permanent switch to Watford from where he joined Preston after returning to Carlisle on loan.
Garner, who scored 27 goals in League One in the 2014/15 campaign, featured in Preston's first three games of this season but missed Tuesday's 1-0 home defeat to Derby ahead of the move to Rangers, where he underwent a medical on Friday.
He becomes Mark Warburton's 10th signing of the summer transfer window and was presented to the Ibrox crowd during Saturday's 2-1 win over Motherwell in which Kenny Miller scored a last-gasp winner.
Garner said: "It's fantastic to be here and to have got it over the line. Now it's done I'm really looking forward to it. It was a great finish to the game today, a great atmosphere and I'm sure the lads will be buzzing in the dressing room.
"If you look at the history of the club it's obviously massive. When I was driving in with my family you could get a sense of how much they love their football up here.
"I've been brought in to score goals and hopefully pick up points and trophies along the way."
Warburton added: "We're delighted to get Joe. We've been chasing him for a while. He comes in with a real edge to his play and offers us something a bit different.
"We've now got four strikers with Joe, Kenny (Miller), Martyn Waghorn and Joe Dodoo, so we've got some real options now up front."