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Tuesday, 11 February, 2003, 23:28 GMT
Bonnissel signs for Rangers
Jerome Bonnissel in action against Energie Cottbus
Bonnissel impressed in a friendly in Dubai
Rangers have signed defender Jerome Bonnissel from Girondins Bordeaux.

The French full-back has joined the Scottish Premier League leaders until the end of the season with an option to extend his contract for a further two years.

No transfer fee was involved for the 29-year-old and the Glasgow club now await international clearance before being able to give him his debut.

Bonnissel impressed Rangers manager Alex McLeish during Rangers' winter break in Dubai, where he played as a trialist along with Norwegian Dan Eggen.

I believe Rangers are one of the biggest clubs in Europe

New signing Jerome Bonnissel

McLeish said: "We have a shortage of left-sided players in defence and Bonnissel showed that he can take part.

"Rangers see a lot of the ball during games and we're looking for players who can use it well.

"He came into that category and we look for our full-backs to go running with the ball."

Bonnissel, who had a spell in Spain with Deportivo La Coruna, has not played for Bordeaux since a knee injury ruled him out in October.

He became manager Alex McLeish's second transfer window signing following the arrival of Steven Thompson from Dundee United.

It is a major coup for McLeish after Bonnissel reportedly snubbed several clubs in the Barclaycard Premiership to come to Glasgow.

Bonnissel said: "There have been offers in the pipeline, but I believe Rangers are one of the biggest clubs in Europe and I'd love to be with them in the Champions League.

"When you look at the quality of player within this squad, there is no reason why we shouldn't have a real go at making a mark in Europe.

"I know I have to prove myself all over again here at Rangers, but that's a challenge I am ready for."

Bonnissel's arrival gives the Rangers boss good competition for places, especially with Fernando Ricksen and Lorenzo Amoruso injured.

The Italian defender is still hoping to face Aberdeen on Saturday following a sickening clash of heads with Ricksen in the Scottish Cup victory over Arbroath.

The doctor could see my skull

Rangers defender Lorenzo Amoruso
McLeish immediately ruled him out of Wednesday's league match after needing 13 stitches following a clash of heads with Ricksen.

"At first we were worried there might be a fracture," said Amoruso.

"The doctor could see my skull because the wound was so deep and so wide.

"It was a great relief when the doctors in Dundee said there was no serious damage.

"My eye is black and almost completely shut so there is no way I will be able to play against Hibs on Wednesday night.

"I hope that I'll have a chance of playing on Saturday, but I'm not even sure when I will be able to start running again."

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