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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 June, 2005, 13:15 GMT 14:15 UK
Rangers complete Murray signing
Ian Murray celebrates a goal for Hibs
Murray can play in a number of different positions
Rangers have announced the signing of Hibernian captain Ian Murray on a three-year deal.

The Scottish champions approached the out-of-contract 24-year-old in January but Hibs had hoped to persuade him to stay on at Easter Road.

Rangers manager Alex McLeish signed Murray as a youngster during his time in charge at Hibs.

McLeish told the Rangers website: "He is a versatile player with great desire. I'm delighted to get him."

Murray has played at left-back, centre-half and midfield during his Hibs career and has made three appearances for Scotland.

"The way to sum Ian up is that he's got tremendous desire, wonderful desire," added McLeish.

I can't wait to get my Ibrox career off and running
Ian Murray

"For me, if you've got that as a footballer you've got a right good chance.

"Obviously you need talent and to play for a club like Rangers there are extra demands - there's the mental side of it and there's the expectation levels to play at a high standard."

Murray broke into the Hibs first team as an 18-year-old and played in the 2001 Scottish Cup final loss to Celtic.

"I've obviously worked with Alex McLeish and Andy Watson before and they know exactly what my strengths and weaknesses are," said Murray.

"So it's really pleasing that they have the confidence in me to bring me to Rangers and now I can't wait to get my Ibrox career off and running."

Hibs manager Tony Mowbray was sorry to lose his captain after a good season saw the Edinburgh side claim a Uefa Cup place.

He said: "Ian has been a good player for the club and has always given us 100%.

"While we are disappointed he has chosen to go at an exciting time for the club, we respect his right to make his own decisions and we wish him well in the future."

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