Steven Davis last night ended his association with crisis-hit Rangers by signing a three-year deal with Southampton.
The Northern Ireland midfielder admitted his “delight” after agreeing to move to the Barclays Premier League outfit.
Davis recently rejected to transfer his Rangers contract to a newco club, joining international team-mate Kyle Lafferty and a number of other players who exit Ibrox this summer.
The 27-year-old was captain of the beleaguered Scottish side but is now preparing for a return to the English top-flight.
“I’m delighted to get everything done and dusted, and I’m looking forward to getting started,” Davis said last night.
“There was quite a bit of interest in me from other clubs but, after speaking to the chairman and the manager, I saw the level of ambition the club has shown.
“They’ve had a lot of success over the past couple of years to get to this stage, and they don’t want to stand still – they want to keep moving forward, and that was a big thing for me.
“Now I’m just looking forward to getting down, getting to know the boys and getting started.”
Davis is no stranger to the Barclays Premier League after spells with Aston Villa and Fulham.
Saints manager Nigel Adkins said: “Steven’s an experienced player – a very talented football player who has played international football, captained his country, captained Rangers, and played in the Premier League, so he’s at a good age and comes with a wealth of experience as well.
“We work very hard behind the scenes and we’re delighted that the football club has managed to secure his services.”