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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 April, 2005, 14:36 GMT 15:36 UK
Arveladze confirms Rangers exit
Arveladze has had injury problems this season
Arveladze has had injury problems this season
Rangers striker Shota Arveladze has confirmed he will leave the club in the summer when his contract runs out.

The Georgian has been a fringe player this year and has not been offered a new deal by the club.

Arveladze told the Rangers website that he was determined to leave Ibrox on a winning note.

"Hopefully I can play a part in the remaining seven matches because I want to leave this club with a title," said the 32-year-old.

Arveladze's manager Alex McLeish admitted he was delighted with the player's attitude.

He told Rangers News: "Arveladze was a marvellous bonus for me on Sunday (against Motherwell).

"He came on and looked lively, put himself about and scored a goal which even Terry Butcher said should not have been disallowed.

I would really like to claim the title before I leave the club
Shota Arveladze

"It will be wonderful if he can be involved in the run-in because I'm sure he can win games for us and have an influence on other players.

"I thought Shota was winding down his Rangers career and maybe thinking about being careful not to get an injury in terms of what he may do or where he may play next season.

"Sometimes, subconsciously, a player might not be as committed in these circumstances but I felt his attitude against Motherwell was tremendous.

"He is a proud man but I know the technical level Arveladze can bring and that can augur well in the run-in."

Arveladze played a crucial role in the Rangers team that pipped Celtic to the SPL title two seasons ago and he is desperate to repeat at least certain aspects of that triumph.

"I hope it doesn't come down to goal difference," he admitted.

"I would much rather we finished with more points than Celtic but if we win it on goal difference again I will take it.

"Unfortunately I missed out on the CIS Insurance Cup final because of injury but I feel I played my part in that competition by scoring the winning goal in the semi-final against Celtic.

"So I would really like to claim the title before I leave the club."

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