John Fleck is currently living the dream in more ways than one.
On top of getting his wish to join Blackpool on loan, the 20-year-old is lodging with a bloke he used to cheer from the terraces as a young lad.
Fleck is a huge Rangers fan and was a regular at Ibrox in the days when Barry Ferguson was skipper.
The Seasiders new boy now finds himself staying with Ferguson until he gets himself a house sorted on the Fylde.
Fleck said: “Barry was Rangers captain when I was growing up, so he is someone I’ve always looked up to. I was with him at Rangers when I was a bit younger and it was a bit strange to be at the same club as someone you used to watch and admire.
“But now I’ve got used to it and it is just great to be playing with him again.
“It has helped me settle in at the club too – being with the likes of Barry and Danny Wilson, who I also know from Rangers.
“All the lads at Blackpool have been great with me. I could see straight away what good team spirit there is, and that was obvious in the way we were able to come back from a goal down on Saturday and win.”
Fleck is on loan until the end of the season and made his debut in the win over Palace.
Playing in his favourite position, just behind the strikers, he almost scored a stunning goal but his curling shot just beat the post.
“It would have been nice to get a goal in my first game and it was a bit unfortunate it didn’t go in, but I’m sure if I keep having a go, a goal will come at some stage,” he added.
He’d like it to happen on Saturday, when he gets his first taste of the FA Cup as the Seasiders host Sheffield Wednesday in the fourth round.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Fleck said. “Obviously the FA Cup is a massive competition in England, and it will be good to play in it and hopefully help Blackpool progress.
“I want to play as often as I can and help the team win as many games as possible.”
n LOMANA LuaLua remains a major doubt for Saturday’s cup-tie.
The striker is continuing to undergo treatment on a hamstring strain and is unlikely to be risked.
LuaLua due to make his comeback in the Championship clash with Coventry at Bloomfield Road next Tuesday.
n UNDER 1,000 tickets remain for the Sheffield Wednesday cup-tie. Tickets are on general sale, priced £10 (£5 concessions), at the Seasiders ticket office.