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Wednesday, 29 August, 2001, 20:16 GMT 21:16 UK
Arveladze ready for Ibrox fight
Shota Arveladze scored against Celtic this month
Shota Arveladze scored against Celtic this month
Rangers' latest signing, striker Shota Arveladze from Ajax, says he is prepared to fight for his place at Ibrox.

Arveladze, who joined in a deal believed to be worth around 3m, joins Tore Andre Flo, Claudio Caniggia, Michael Mols, Kenny Miller, Billy Dodds, Ronald de Boer and Russell Latapy in the queue for places in the Rangers strikeforce.

The Georgia international flew in to Glasgow on Wednesday, passed a medical and agreed a four-year deal that is subject to him obtaining a work permit.

In an interview with Voetbal International magazine, he said: "I've had a good chat with Dick Advocaat. He was very honest with me.

"I'm not afraid of the tough competition for places at Rangers. I'll have to fight for my place in the first team, just like the other strikers."

There is no doubt that, at the age of 28, he offers better value than Don Hutchison
David Murray
Arveladze has now jetted back to his homeland of Georgia to prepare for the World Cup qualifier with Hungary.

Rangers declined to reveal the fee, but Dutch sources suggest it is around 3m.

The Ibrox club had earlier pulled out of the race for Scotland international Don Hutchison, being unwilling to match West Ham United's 5m bid for a 30-year-old.


Rangers chairman David Murray told his club's website: "He is an excellent player with a terrific record, as 126 domestic goals and 15 international goals proves.

"There is no doubt that, at the age of 28, he offers better value than Don Hutchison."

The Georgian international scored against Rangers' Glasgow rivals, Celtic, in the Dutch club's Champions League defeat earlier this month.

He had arrived in Amsterdam from Turkish club Trabzonspor in 1997 and was the Dutch club's top scorer last season with 18 goals.

Arveladze had a year of his Ajax contract still to run but fell out with the Dutch club in the summer over his refusal to sign an extension.

He will be ineligible for Rangers' Uefa Cup tie with Anzhi in Dagastan after taking part in the 3-2 aggregate defeat by Celtic.

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