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Rangers clinch loan move for winger Rothen

Rangers have completed the signing of Jerome Rothen from Paris St Germain on a one-year loan deal.

The 31-year-old left winger has become the Premier League champions' first signing for more than a year.

Ibrox boss Walter Smith had identified the left side of midfield as a problem and Rothen - capped 13 times by France - has been earmarked to fill that void.

Regarded as a dead-ball specialist, the player was a star of Monaco's run to the 2004 Champions League final, his performances earning him a move that summer to PSG.

He was also a member of France's European Championship squads in 2004 and 2008.

Rangers have shipped out 10 players this summer in a bid to cut costs and they had looked unlikely to bring anybody in.

But they were reportedly alerted to Rothen's availability following the collapse of his permanent move to German side Schalke.

Speaking through a translator at his unveiling at Rangers' Murray Park training ground this afternoon, Rothen said: "Obviously, I'm delighted to be here. Rangers are a big club. I wanted to come somewhere where there was a chance to win the league.

"Rangers are involved in Champions League competition, which is an interesting opportunity as well. I already knew quite a lot about Rangers before I came here.

"I really, really want to play here. I can't wait to experience the atmosphere in the stadium.''

Rothen confirmed he had rejected the chance to join Blackburn in order to move to Ibrox.

"They don't really have the same ambitions as a club,'' he said of Rovers. "Here, I have the chance to win titles. Obviously, the Champions League is a big draw for me. It's the competition that has created the most memories for me as a player.''

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