Rangers winger Gregg Wylde insists he is settled with the SPL champions and now considers himself a first-team player.
Speculation mounted over the summer that the talented youngster's future could be away from Ibrox after contract talks stalled.
Gers rejected an offer from Bolton for the 20-year-old, who did put pen-to-paper on a long-term deal with the Light Blues.
Wylde spoke with Ally McCoist over the summer and the rising star is delighted to have the backing from his manager.
"I'm really settled. I regard myself more as a first-team player which maybe I didn't do last season," he told the Daily Record.
"It's all about getting a run in the team and knowing the manager has belief in you. That's the biggest obstacle for a young player.
"I had a chat with the manager in pre-season and we spoke about what it would be like to play for him. And I'm loving my football now, coming in every day to train with the likes of Steve Davis and Nikica Jelavic."
Wylde also believes the arrival of Sone Aluko, as Vladimir Weiss did last season, will spur him on to perform to his best on a consistent basis.
The arrival of the ex-Aberdeen man at Ibrox has increased competition for places and Wylde is relishing the challenge of retain his place in Gers' starting XI.
"The arrival of Sone will push me on. It happened last season when Vladimir Weiss came on loan. It was a challenge but I kept my place and hopefully I will again," he continued.
"That gave me a real boost last season, to keep Vlad out of the team. I was worried when he came that he'd keep me out because he had a big reputation.
"I feared I'd be sitting in the stands and I had to fight for my place. But I did it and I was glad to nail down a place in the side. It's really good to have another challenge from Sone."