Garner says thanks to PNE after completing Rangers switch

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Joe Garner has paid tribute to everyone connected with Preston North End after his move to Rangers was officially finalised.

PNE confirmed all the relevant paperwork had been completed on Monday afternoon with the striker moving to Ibrox for a fee believed to be £1.7 million.

Joe Garner.

Joe Garner.

It concludes a transfer which took several days to finalise, Garner having first been given permission to talk to the Scottish giants last Tuesday after expressing an interest in making the move.

In a statement the fans’ favourite, who has signed a three-year-deal north of the border, said: “I would like to thank all the staff, players and fans for their support during my time at the club.

“The manager put a lot of faith in me and I am grateful to him and all the staff for their help in developing me further as a player.

“All the team-mates I have played with at PNE are top lads and I know they will do great things at Deepdale.

“It was a very hard decision for me to leave, if only because of the amazing backing I have had from the fans.

“They took me to their hearts and I couldn’t have asked for any more and I leave with some amazing memories; not least the promotion at Wembley, which was as special for every fan as it was for the players, staff and myself.

“Thank you again – I will always follow the club and wish everyone at Deepdale the very best for the future.”

Signed in January 2013, the 28-year-old PNE fan scored 57 goals in 151 games for the Lilywhites.