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Last Updated: Friday, 19 December, 2003, 17:52 GMT
Ostenstad to leave Ibrox
Rangers striker Egil Ostenstad will return to his native Norway in the summer after finding it hard to cope with the pressure of Scottish football.

Ostenstad joined the reigning champions in the summer and his performances so far suggest that a contract extension was unlikely to be offered to the veteran international.

The Norwegian, along with fellow new recruits Nuno Capucho, Paolo Vanoli and Emerson, has failed to win over the fans at Ibrox as Rangers have struggled to keep pace with leaders Celtic.

Ostenstad puts his form down to niggling injuries throughout the season, but the former Blackburn Rovers and Southampton is now ready to quit British football.

"Celtic are now eight points ahead of us and our supporters don't like it," said Ostenstad.

"We new signings feel their anger. We get to hear it every day.

"It could have worked out better for me here as I have been missing match fitness.

"I came here for an experience and it has been. The pressure here is insane."

Viking Stavanger director Bjarne Bernsten is keen to see the player return to his football club.

"Of course I want to play for Viking again, but the body is tired and I want to do other things as well," added Ostenstad.

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