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Tuesday, 15 May, 2001, 13:29 GMT 14:29 UK
Caniggia puts Ibrox move on hold
Rangers-bound Caniggia has become a Dundee idol
Rangers-bound Caniggia has become a Dundee idol
Claudio Caniggia is almost certain to become a Rangers player - but only after he returns from his summer holiday.

Caniggia was expected to put pen to paper after they agreed personal terms with the player, who also passed a medical, and a transfer fee with Dundee.

It is thought that a fee of about 900,000 is involved and that Caniggia could be the first of four new signings by the deposed champions.

BBC Scotland understands that Rangers have been active in the transfer market and three further players could arrive at Ibrox this week.

A statement from Rangers explained that there were still one or two loose ends that had to be put on hold while Caniggia jetted off on his holidays.

Two-year deal

It is strange timing for a holiday considering he would still have a game to play had he still been involved at Dens Park.

But Rangers are confident that the two-year deal will now be completed when the Argentine returns to Glasgow for pre-season training at the end of June.

I have heard how much atmosphere the Rangers fans can create and look forward to some really big games at Ibrox
  Claudio Caniggia
Manager Dick Advocaat welcomed the prospect of the 34-year-old former World Cup striker joining his side.

"Claudio has tremendous experience at the top level and has shown, both against Rangers and other clubs this season, that he is still very sharp," he told Rangers' website.

The move ends months of speculation and Caniggia himself is relieved everything has finally been sorted.

"I am grateful to Dundee for giving me the chance to re-establish myself and I enjoyed my time at Dundee where the fans were really great," he said.

"Now I am looking forward to playing with a really big club like Rangers and working with Dick Advocaat.

Unsettle things

"I have heard how much atmosphere the Rangers fans can create and look forward to some really big games at Ibrox".

Rangers chairman David Murray said: "He is an excellent acquisition for us, but this is only the beginning as there will be several new faces coming to the club this summer.

David Murray: only the beginning
David Murray: only the beginning
"Dundee missed two deadlines, but we got there in the end."

Dundee chief executive Peter Marr had conceded at the weekend that Caniggia was Ibrox-bound.

"I have to say that I am happy for Claudio. He stated that he wanted to play in the Champions League and, as far as we are concerned, that is fair enough," said Marr.

"A deal might have been done before now, had the transfer deadline not passed. That tended to unsettle things at Dens Park."

In the doldrums

Marr had previously told the BBC that 2m would be the very least that he would expect for Caniggia.

Caniggia's career was in the doldrums until his friend and Dundee player-manager Bonetti persuaded him to join his revolution at Dens Park.

The striker quickly became an idol of the club's fans and sparked phenomenal worldwide interest in Dundee and his short-term deal was quickly extended.

But it also appears to have persuaded Caniggia himself that he could now return to the Argentina squad for the next World Cup.

He believes that, to do that, he would have to be playing for a higher-profile club.

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18 Apr 01 |  Dundee
Dundee aim to keep Caniggia
02 May 01 |  Dundee
Caniggia offered to Rangers
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