Fans’ favourite Gonzalez - “very happy” in Montrose

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THERE is no denying that Ramiro Gonzalez is one of the most enigmatic players to have ever pulled on the Montrose shirt and neither is there any denying that he has one of the most colourful playing histories.

So, fans’ favourite Gonzalez caught up with the Review last week to talk about his career so far and what playing for the Gable Endies means to him.

Gonzalez signed for Montrose earlier this year after leaving former club Xalkanoras in Cyprus back in December following a dispute. But it has been a long road that took the 30-year-old shot stopper to Links Park.

He said: “I started at a youth team in Argentina in the under-14s and when I was 16 I moved to Independiente.

“When I was 17 a scout from France was looking for young kids in Argentina so I got a move when I was 18 to Olympique de Marseille.

“I was there for two years in France, training with many big players and was on the bench a couple of times for the first team.

“I got released when a new coach came in and he wanted new players, and then Steve Archibald took me to Airdrie.”

Gonzalez played more than 30 games during his three-and-a-half year spell in Scotland in the last decade when he spent time at Airdrie, Ross County and Raith Rovers.

He said: “I was [at Airdrie] for one year and played the last 12 games of the season, then I moved to Ross County. But it was a hard season for me because I had too many personal problems and I broke my shoulder – I played maybe only seven or eight games there.

“After there, in 2002 I moved to Raith [Rovers] where we won the Second Division and then I stayed another year for the 2003/2004 season and we stayed in the First Division.

Following his initial spell in Scotland, Gonzalez returned to Argentina for two years for personal reasons but it was not long before he returned to Europe.

He said: “Then I moved to Spain for one year playing in the Second Division and after that I had a new agent who took me to Cyprus for three years.

“In Cyprus I played for Alki in the Premier League and was with them for one season. After that I moved to Xalkanoras, but in December (2010) I left because they weren’t paying.

“Then I was meant to go to Ireland because there was a chance to go to Bohemians but the deal did not go through.

“So when I was ready to go back to Cyprus after three or four months without a club, Steven Tweed called me and he convinced me to stay here for two-and-a-half months.

“I am always going to appreciate him because he gave me the chance to have a team for those months and everyone has treated me very well – the chairman, Ray Farningham, Stuart Garden ... everyone.

“So I am training Tuesdays with Montrose and the rest of the week I am training with Raith as I am living in Edinburgh.

“I am very happy here, many people told me to sign here and to keep playing.”

It is obvious that Gonzalez has endeared himself to the fans since arriving at the club in February but it is also clear that this admiration goes both ways.

Gonzalez said: “I am enjoying the fans, they are treating me very well, all the people – my team-mates – are very nice people, everyone is nice. And I love football very much, I try to play with my heart all the time and that’s why I always have a good relationship with the fans.

“I appreciate it when they come to the games and I always say thank you to them.

“I am very happy here and I need to see whether the club want to keep me here and want to offer me something.

“I want to try to do my best. My contract is up on May 15 so I don’t know what is going to happen, I just want to focus on these three games.”