Cyriel Dessers admits Rangers fan stick ‘wasn’t easy’ as he gives verdict on new song

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By Mazi Jaka

The Nigerian striker has transformed his reputation at Ibrox in recent months

“Nice one, Cyriel. Nice one, son. Number nine for Rangers. He’s scoring goals for fun.”

It’s amazing what a couple of months can do in football. Just weeks into his Ibrox career, Dessers was written off by most Gers fans. If you listen to radio shows, you’d think the £4.5million summer signing from Cremonese was the worst striker to ever pull on a royal blue jersey.

The Nigerian was even brutally mocked by the Ibrox crowd as he was sarcastically cheered off the park after drawing a blank against Hearts in October. It takes a certain character and personality to recover from that. For some players, there’d be no way back. But with 16 goals to his name, Dessers has silenced his critics and shown he’s up for the challenge of being Rangers’ first-choice striker.

Time will tell if the 29-year-old is the long-term answer up front, but for now, Dessers has transformed from being a whipping boy to a fans’ favourite. Asked how it feels to have his own song, Dessers admitted: “It feels good, obviously!

“It’s been a weird season in that way for me because at the beginning it wasn’t always easy for me with the reception of the fans. But I think if you have a song now, that means that I’m on a good way and I’m improving myself and the team as well.

“It’s nice to hear because it gives you confidence, it makes you happy as a player and a striker. That’s what you need and hopefully we can hear it a few more times this season.”

Honest Dessers confessed it did take him a while to get going at Ibrox having found the net just five times from his first 20 appearances. But the much-maligned hitman never lost confidence that things would click eventually after striking up a strong connection with assist king James Tavernier.

He added: “I think that’s a part of getting to know each other. Obviously Tav is an amazing player, but if I look at the first few months, it’s about getting to know each other. Maybe I’m running to the first post and he gives it the second post. Now, we’ve got this connection.

“In the last two months he’s given me four or five assists. These are the kind of things you get by getting to know and play with each other and then these things grow. I think they can grow even more but these are the small things that can make the difference at this level between scoring and not scoring, or getting the chance and not getting the chance.”

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