By George Overhill

10th Jul, 2022 | 6:10pm

Exclusive: Rangers signing Tom Lawrence rejected bigger offers in England for Ibrox move

New Rangers summer singing Tom Lawrence turned down bigger offers in order to move to the club, according to Fraser Fletcher.

The freelance Scottish football journalist, previously full-time at the BBC, speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, is very impressed with recent business done by the Gers in this window, with the Welshman being secured a day after Croatian striker Antonio Colak from PAOK.

In the case of the free agent former Derby captain, 28, Fletcher confirmed that he’d had more money on the table from the English Championship but once the offer from Ibrox arrived he was “desperate” to move to Glasgow.

Fletcher told Ibrox News that Colak, also 28, should be thoroughly successful business and shared the effect the club had on Lawrence.

He said: “I think Colak’s a superb signing for Rangers. It’s a great deal for the club. He’ll score a lot of goals.

“He’s almost like, and I mean this in a nice way, a more polished [Alfredo] Morelos. 

“And that’s not a dig at Morelos because Morelos’ messiness makes him the player he is. 

“But he’ll do really well at Rangers.

“And I’ll tell you this about Tom Lawrence. Tom Lawrence turned down bigger offers to play for Rangers. 

“Because of the size of the club and what the club offers. He was desperate to come and be part of [it].

“He turned down bigger money.”

The club already had status but the run to the Europa League final in 2021/22 will have drawn a whole lot of extra attention, and some of the fruits of that are showing in the transfer window.

That atmosphere inside Ibrox at the final whistle of Thursday night after Thursday night cannot easily be replicated anywhere else so it is no surprise that players would jump at the chance of getting involved.

As soon as the quick-fire pair of signings were through the door it emerged that the next two appeared to be on their way, in the form of Welsh international winger Rabbi Matondo, and then French attacker Angelo Fulgini.

Despite the sale of Joe Aribo to Southampton it is suddenly shaping up to be a very productive summer for Giovanni van Bronckhorst, and if things continue in this direction the fans will be feeling confident heading into the new season.

In other Rangers news, one talent will be allowed to leave during the window as interest mounts in England and Scotland.