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Tuesday, 19 June, 2001, 14:28 GMT 15:28 UK
Rangers line up Nerlinger
Nerlinger in action against Rangers in the Uefa Cup
Nerlinger in action against Rangers in the Uefa Cup
Rangers are preparing to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Nerlinger for 2.5m.

The 28-year-old is due in Glasgow this week to discuss personal terms with the club.

The left-sided midfielder is seen as the ideal replacement for Jorg Albertz who has left for Hamburg.

With Giovanni van Bronckhorst also leaving Ibrox, Rangers are now severely depleted on the left.

There are still some odds and ends to tie up but we are hopeful that a deal can be concluded before long
  David Murray
Rangers chairman
Chairman David Murray told Rangers' official website that terms had been agreed with Dortmund for Nerlinger and he also underlined new first team coach Jan Wouters' role in attracting the player.

"We are reasonable hopeful of sorting everything out and we will be signing a very strong player who we think will be a great addition to the playing staff," said Murray.

"Jan Wouters had a strong influence in the deal. He knew him from his team with Bayern and saw him develop into the type of player who earned six caps for Germany.

"There were offers from other clubs but Jan convinced him to come to talk to us so he is having an effect for Rangers already.

"There are still some odds and ends to tie up but we are hopeful that a deal can be concluded before long."

Nerlinger, who missed much of last season through injury, was part of the Dortmund team which knocked Rangers out of the Uefa Cup two seasons ago.

He won two Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich in 1994 and 1997.

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