Former Rangers defender signs with Rotherham United

Kirk Broadfoot, courtesy of Getty Images

Former Rangers defender Kirk Broadfoot will be joining newly promoted Rotherham United who will be competing in England’s Championship next season.  Broadfoot has spent the last two seasons with Blackpool after making two appearances in Division Three for Rangers in 2012.  He made 33 league appearances for the Tangerines last season as they struggled to maintain their spot in the Championship.  The club had a -28 goal differential as it finished 20th among 24 clubs.

Broadfoot is Rotherham United’s fourth signing this off-season after they enjoyed their second straight season of promotion.  Manager Steve Evans discussed the signing of the 29-year old former Scottish internationalist with the club’s official website.

“It has taken a little while to get done because of the significant interest there was in Kirk.  There will be some disappointed managers today, we had to work ever so hard to get him here and I am delighted to have got the deal over the line,”  explained Evans.

Kirk Broadfoot, courtesy of RUFC

Broadfoot’s five seasons with Rangers definitely strengthened the his appeal for Evans.  “He is an experienced professional who has played at the highest level with Glasgow Rangers.  He has played in an UEFA Cup final;  he has significant experience in the Champions League and he has won the Scottish Premier League several times.”

“He has just had an outstanding season with Blackpool in difficult circumstances and I took references on him from the likes of Walter Smith, Ally McCoist and latterly (former Blackpool manager) Paul Ince who all gave him the highest recommendation.”

“He can play, he is technically good.  He is happy to get on the ball if required and he can bring it forward from a central position and pass it with comfort.  He also enjoys an old fashioned centre-half battle with an opposing striker, whilst his positional play is also first class.  You don’t play in UEFA Cup finals if you are not accomplished, he is a quality operator.”

“I have spoken previously about signing players with the right type of experience, coupled with the right type of attitude, Kirk Broadfoot ticks those boxes.”

Blackpool decided to not pursue resigning Broadfoot after his contract expired at the end of this past season.

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