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Last Updated: Thursday, 4 August 2005, 16:26 GMT 17:26 UK
Santala moves to Thistle on loan
Rangers defender Jukka Santala
Santala played in the Champions League at Helsinki
Finnish defender Jukka Santala has moved from Rangers to Partick Thistle on loan until January.

The 19-year-old told the Thistle website: "Although my main aim is to play first-team football in the SPL, I am delighted to get the chance to pick up some much-needed experience.

"At may age, it is very hard with no experience to get into Rangers' team."

Thistle boss Dick Campbell said: "He is an international and is well thought of by many at Ibrox and beyond."

Santala joined Rangers from HJK Helsinki and, although primarily a defender, also scored for the Finns as a striker.

"He has played Champions League for Helsinki, so he has accomplished a lot in a short period of time," said Campbell, who pointed out that there were a few other clubs after Santala.

"I haven't yet decided whether he will play on Saturday, or to give him a week to settle in, but he will be an important player for us in the coming few months."


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