Martin Fraisl, speaking to Sky Deutschland as he bids farewell to Bundesliga newcomers FC Schalke, insists that he ‘wants to play at a very, very high level.’
Only the most ardent Celtic supporters would begrudge Allan McGregor this after Rangers’ Europa League campaign came to a heartbreaking end, with their European fairytale becoming decidedly Grimm towards the end.
McGregor’s 466th and final appearance in Rangers colours ended not in sadness and dejection, but in delight and excitement, as he stepped off the bench on Saturday afternoon with the Scottish Cup in his hands.
Even at 40, this living icon will be difficult to replace. If a man 11 years McGregor’s older arrives at Ibrox with large boots – and gloves – to fill, there will be plenty of weight on Martin Fraisl’s shoulders.
Fraisl has already been handed a two-year contract at Ibrox, according to German publication Spox.
Despite helping Schalke win the Bundesliga 2 title, the late-blooming Austrian is now a free agent after one of Europe’s most popular clubs declined to renew his deal at the Veltins Arena.
“We parted extremely cleanly, with great appreciation (for each other). We decided together that we would each go a different way,” Fraisl explains.
“Basically, I have very good ideas about the future,” Fraisl adds. “It is important to me that the overall package fits. I want to come to a club that sees me at the top. Many parameters have to fit.
“I want to play at a very, very high level. The economic aspect also plays a role and from there (my thoughts) will go back to foreign-language countries. That much is relatively certain. I’ll consciously take my time with that.
“It will be a very good transfer.”