The 24-year old USA international, who joined 'Gers from Swedish club Orebro in July, grew up in a well-off area as the child of Colombian immigrants and says that it was somewhat a surreal experience to start his life in the surroundings of household names.
"I was born in Englewood, which is part of Bergen County in north New Jersey, and it's a very affluent area," he told the Daily Record.
"My parents arrived from Colombia as my dad won a soccer scholarship at Fairleigh Dickinson University nearby and my mom worked as a maid for an older couple who were really rather wealthy.
"They got to the age and the point where they actually invited our family to live in the house and take over the mansion, so to speak, in almost like a caretaker capacity.
"Eddie Murphy lived next door and the head of the IRS lived on the other side.
"John Travolta studied nearby at Dwight Morrow High School. It was interesting, pretty cool and really kinda crazy. "My parents couldn't even speak English when they first arrived in the States and yet found this great family who looked after them.
"It was a very lucky thing to happen. I owe so much to my parents. My father, for example, picked up a serious injury but still remained committed to his studies."