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Defender Papac extends Rangers contract to 2011

Sasa Papac has signed a new deal with Rangers which extends his contract to 2011, the club have confirmed.

The Bosnian defender told the club's official website: ''I am so happy to sign a new deal with Rangers.

''To spend five years with a club like Rangers is something special and I aim to give all I can in the next three years. My dream now is to win the championship.''

Papac completed talks with Rangers chief executive Martin Bain this afternoon.

The defender is the last man standing from the Paul Le Guen era having been signed by the Frenchman from Austria Vienna in the summer of 2006.

He has become a mainstay in Walter Smith's side, mainly in the left-back position, and has scarcely missed a match in the past 18 months.

And having won the Co-operative Insurance Cup and the Scottish Cup last season and played his part in the amazing run to the UEFA Cup Final, Papac wants more success.

He said: ''We had success last season with the two cups and then we got to the UEFA Cup final which was fantastic.

''However, the main target is the SPL title and I would love to win that this season.

''I believe we have the players to achieve this dream but we know we will have a battle on our hands.''

Papac was glad to have finally scored his first goal for Rangers in last week's 3-3 draw with Dundee United on what was his 81st appearance for the club.

He said: ''It was a great moment to score my first goal for Rangers and hopefully there are many more to come.

''I scored a few times for Austria Vienna so I know that I can be a scorer for Rangers.

''I have been encouraged to get forward more and link with the front players and I have managed to do that.

''I have to keep working hard and I will do that. I want to be successful at this great club.''

Bain said: ''We are pleased to complete a new deal with Sasa that sees him commit his future until 2011.''


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