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John Fleck Explains Why He Left Rangers and How It Helped Make Him Grow Up

John Fleck Explains Why He Left Rangers and How It Helped Make Him Grow Up

John Fleck has explained why he decided to leave Rangers seven years ago, and how departing the Ibrox club turned out to be crucial in his development.

The 27-year-old has been called into Alex McLeish’s Scotland squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Kazakhstan and San Marino after excelling as captain for Sheffield United in the English Championship.

Fleck has established himself as one of the most accomplished and fully-rounded midfielders in England’s second-tier, and has played a crucial role in the Yorkshire club’s bid to win promotion to the Premier League.

Once an exciting young talent at Ibrox, Fleck needed to spread his wings and head for pastures new before he could be considered a potential Scotland player, and the man himself has been looking back on the early stages of his career in an interview with the Sun.

On his decision to quit the Gers in 2012, Fleck explains: “It was my choice. I was in and around the Rangers squad at the time.

“I wasn’t a first-team regular  and I thought I had to go out and find myself as a player.

“I could have stayed there but would I have played? I am not so sure.

“I had to go out and get regular first-team football and I have played quite a few games since I have done that.

“Even when I went to Coventry it took me some time to get over moving away. I just thought of kicking on and kept working hard. Thankfully it’s got me here.

“As I have grown up and I look back, I think going away has helped me massively, just being in different surroundings, in a different country.

“It has helped me in the long run. I haven’t had many people around about me and have had to work hard and focus on myself.

“I moved away by myself when I was about 19 or 20. I have had to fend for myself since then. It has helped me.

“At that time, I grew up quite a lot. Obviously, being away from my family, I had to go and do it all myself.

“I didn’t know what to expect. I couldn’t cook or anything. I was eating takeaways every night.

“It is all good. My missus eventually moved down. I am settled now.”

With a plethora of midfield options, McLeish could be forgiven for overlooking Fleck for this month’s matches, but is it about time he was given an international cap?

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