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Last Updated: Thursday, 12 January 2006, 02:19 GMT
Hislop hails Rangers' new signing
New Rangers signing Moses Ashikodi
Moses Ashikodi was involved in a bust-up at Millwall
New Rangers signing Moses Ashikodi is a younger version of Nacho Novo, according to the 18-year-old's former Gillingham team-mate, Steven Hislop.

The England Under-19 striker has been signed until the end of the season after being released by West Ham Utd.

And Hislop, who has signed for Livingston, said: "He never got much of a chance down at Gillingham.

"But he's got frightening pace and an eye for goal. I would compare him to Nacho Novo."

Nigeria-born Ashikodi started his career at Millwall and became the Lions' youngest player when he made a substitute appearance against Brighton in 2003 aged just 15 and 240 days.
He's young and he'll do silly things
Livingston striker Steven Hislop

He moved to West Ham in August 2004 before joining Neale Cooper's Gillingham on loan and featured for Rangers' reserves in their 2-1 win over Motherwell on Monday.

"There's no doubt he's definitely got potential," said Hislop, who thought his youth and lack of experience counted against him at Gillingham.

"It might take a while for Moses to settle into Scottish football and he may not be a first choice right away, but he will cause problems for teams when he comes off the bench."

Ashikodi hit the headlines for the wrong reasons nearly two years ago as a 16-year-old.

He was suspended from Millwall after allegedly pulling a knife on team-mate Mark McCammon after a training-ground row between the two players had carried on to the canteen.

But Hislop put the incident down to youthful impetuosity, adding: "He is hot headed. He's young and he'll do silly things, but he's got something and he'll cause problems for teams."


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