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Last Updated: Friday, 22 June 2007, 18:47 GMT 19:47 UK
Cardiff capture Rae and MacLean
Scotland midfielder Gavin Rae
Gavin Rae was a free agent after being released by Rangers
Cardiff City are to sign Scottish pair Gavin Rae and Steven MacLean after both players agreed three-year deals.

Rangers recently released midfielder Rae, while striker MacLean was out of contract with Sheffield Wednesday.

Cardiff beat off stiff competition from the likes of Hearts and Norwich for Rae, 29, capped 11 times by Scotland.

MacLean, 24, was also in demand, the striker who started his career at Ibrox having finished joint top scorer for the Owls last season with 13 goals.

He arrived at Hillsborough from Rangers for an undisclosed fee in July 2004, having enjoyed a successful loan spell with Scunthorpe United in 2003-04.

MacLean was voted player of the year in his first season with Wednesday after becoming the first Owl to score 20 goals in a season for 11 years.

However, a broken leg sustained in 2005 wrecked the following season.

Rae confirmed to BBC Sport that he had been in Cardiff for talks and expected to put pen-to-paper on a three-year contract by Wednesday.

He had joined Rangers from Dundee in January 2004 in a 250,000 deal.

However, a series of knee injuries curtailed the Ibrox career of the hard-tackling midfielder and he was not offered a new contract.

Cardiff have not revealed the terms of the deals offered to the pair.



SEE ALSO
Norwich move for midfielder Rae
12 Jun 07 |  Norwich City
Owls offer new deals to quartet
10 May 07 |  Sheff Wed
Hearts targeting Rae and Hughes
21 May 07 |  Rangers
Rangers confirm Rae's departure
04 May 07 |  Rangers
Rae expects to be England bound
28 Mar 07 |  Rangers


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