Former Rangers defender Rhys Breen has admitted it was a “no-brainer” to join Dunfermline when the chance to sign for the Pars permanently was presented to him but confessed it was “difficult” to say goodbye to Rangers after eleven years at Ibrox.
Breen, who was on loan with Gers’ partner club Orange County SC in California, moved to East End Park earlier this week where he’ll link up with former Academy teammate Kai Kennedy and ex-Rangers duo Graham Dorrans and Steven Whittaker.
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The central defender admits he always wanted to make the breakthrough and play for Rangers but felt that at 21 he had to get regular first-team football so made the tough decision to leave his boyhood club and join Dunfermline for their push at the Premiership.
“I always wanted to play for Rangers but the opportunity that I have got with Dunfermline was a no-brainer,” Breen said.
“Speaking to the gaffer and knowing a lot about the team and what they want this season, I am delighted to be here. I was at Rangers for eleven years so to come away from that was a bit difficult but I know when I am here I will really fit in well. I was always in the reserve team and was around first-team training but first-team football for me is vital.
“I am 21 and need to go and show what I can do. I need to start getting first-team appearances under my belt. That is why I’m here, that is why I want this challenge.”
Breen could come right into the side and make his debut for the Pars this afternoon when they kick off their Championship campaign against Greenock Morton.
With competition for places so fierce at Ibrox, it was probably the right move for Breen’s career to move on permanently and look to start building a name for himself elsewhere.
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The Pars look like being serious contenders for the Championship title this season after recruiting well over the summer and there will be a chance for Breen to put one over on his old mates when the Fifers travel to Ibrox to face Rangers in the League Cup next month.
Ahead of today’s Premiership opener against Livingston, the manager provided an injury update.