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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jul, 5, 2006

Le Guen optimistic Clement will opt for Rangers

Rangers manager Paul Le Guen is 'optimistic' Jeremy Clement will be an Ibrox player before the weekend.

The 21-year-old defender was in Glasgow yesterday for negotiations after the Light Blues agreed a fee of around £1.1million with Lyon.

Talks are continuing between the Glasgow club and Clement, with the ex-Lyon boss confident the player will be among his squad travelling to South Africa for a pre-season training camp on Saturday.

Le Guen said: 'We are making progress and, hopefully, we will be able to announce his signing before the end of the week - before going to South Africa.

'Jeremy came yesterday and saw Murray Park and Ibrox and was pleased with that. I am optimistic he will sign.

'He will bring a good balance between experience and youth.'

Le Guen has already called up new signings Libor Sionko and Karl Svensson to the travelling squad.

Both players were involved in the World Cup, Sionko with the Czech Republic and Svensson with Sweden, and had probably hoped for a longer holiday after leaving Germany.

But Le Guen insists it is crucial the newcomers have time to gel with their new team-mates.

He said: 'I want Sionko and Svensson to integrate with the squad in South Africa. It is important they get to know the rest of the players and their partners on the field and that is why I took this decision.'

Le Guen has confirmed Barry Ferguson - who expects to recover from an ankle operation in time for the new season - will retain the captain's armband.

He told Rangers News: 'Barry is getting better and better, day after day. He works hard and I will wait for him.

'I know he is an important player of the team but we must not go too fast. We need to take it step by step. He will be my captain in the season ahead. There is no reason to change.'

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