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Wednesday, 24 November, 1999, 17:14 GMT
Rangers loan star promises to shine

Rangers' emergency new recruit Thomas Myhre is assuring the Ibrox faithful their Uefa Cup hopes are safe in his hands.

The Norwegian international only arrived at Ibrox on Tuesday and will have spent less than 48 hours at the club when he takes the field for their third round first-leg clash with Borussia Dortmund.

"I have had two training sessions and have got to know all the players," said Myhre.

"I saw Dortmund play Rosenborg in the Champions League, so I know something about them as well.

"It is going to be a massive game but the Rangers fans shouldn't worry. Their hopes are in safe hands."

Scottish teams could soon have two places in the Champions League
Scottish Premier League chief executive Roger Mitchell

Rangers were unfortunate to have been knocked out of the Champions League but their form, and that of other clubs such as Celtic and Kilmarnock, has led Uefa to increase the number of places in the competition from two to three.

"This is one of the best results Scottish football has had for years," said Scottish Premier League chief executive Roger Mitchell.

"To have three guaranteed places in the Uefa Cup competition gives us an excellent chance to further improve our record in Europe.

"And if Rangers beat Borussia Dortmund and continue to progress in the Uefa Cup this year we could conceivably improve our ranking to the stage where we have two teams in the qualifying stages of the Champions League for the season after next."

I was a laughing stock during the summer
Thomas Myhre

But first Rangers have to overcome Dortmund, and the form of Myhre is likely to be crucial.

Everton boss Walter Smith agreed to lend his former first-choice keeper to his old club after a plea from Rangers coach Dick Advocaat.

Smith, who spent a decade at the club, allowed Myhre to sign a one-month loan deal after hearing that Advocaat might have to play inexperienced 18-year-old Mark Brown because of a goalkeeping crisis.

Myhre has struggled to get back in the Everton side since breaking his ankle and cracking his foot in separate incidents during the summer and leapt at the temporary chance of a move north.

"I was a laughing stock during the summer," said Myhre.

My-hre ball: The Norwegian was a Goodison Park favourite before his injury
"I broke my ankle on international duty with Norway during the summer.

"Four weeks later I was getting ready to go to the hospital to have a lighter cast put on the injury when I slipped getting out of the bath and cracked a small bone in my foot.

"It wasn't the best summer I have ever had, that's for sure."

Myhre's only previous experience of European club combat came during his five-year stint with Norwegian side Viking Stavanger.

But he is not overawed by the pressure from fans desperate to compensate for an unfortunate early exit from the Champions League.

'Massive challenge'

"No-one, manager, players, supporters or the media, can put more pressure on me than I put on myself," he said.

"This is a massive challenge to me but one I am looking forward to. "What have I got to lose. All I can do is go out there and enjoy myself.

"I am confident that I will do well and I am good enough to play at this level.

"People might put a question mark over me because I have been injured but it will not be a problem at all."
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