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Last Updated: Friday, 26 May 2006, 18:59 GMT 19:59 UK
Rangers snap up Sweden's Svensson
Karl Svensson in action for Gothenburg
Karl Svensson has been two years with Gothenburg
Rangers have signed Sweden defender Karl Svensson from IFK Gothenburg on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The Glasgow club claim to have beaten off a number of other European sides for the 22-year-old, who is in Sweden's squad for the World Cup finals.

Svensson joined Gothenburg from Jönköpings Södra IF in 2003 and was appointed captain last year.

He said: "I will always be thankful to them, but this is a chance for me to progress my career."

Svensson becomes new Rangers manager Paul Le Guen's second major signing of the close season, closely following Austria Vienna midfielder Libor Sionko.

He will replace Greece defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos, who was freed by Rangers at the end of the season, and looks set to partner Julien Rodriguez in the heart of the Ibrox defence next term.
He has a good mentality and he has progressed quickly as a player
Rangers manager Paul Le Guen

Svensson broke into the Sweden squad in January, making his debut against Saudi Arabia in a friendly.

And he knows he can call on advice from compatriots Jonas Thern and Joachim Bjorklund, both former Rangers players, while present Sweden squad team-mate Henrik Larsson was at city rivals Celtic.

"Rangers are a very big club and I know a lot about them," Svensson told Rangers' website.

"We get Rangers v Celtic games on TV in Sweden, so I have already seen what it's like at Ibrox.

"I know that Jonas Thern and Joachim Bjorklund really enjoyed their time with Rangers and they did well when they were there.

"I haven't had a chance to speak to either of them, but I don't need to. My mind was easily made up.

"I know Henrik will be able to tell me all about Glasgow. I hear it's a nice place to live and I know he liked it there.

"I met with Paul Le Guen and he made me feel good right away.

"I know all about him because he had such great success with Lyon in France winning three titles in a row."

Le Guen was equally complimentary.

"He has a good mentality and he has progressed quickly as a player," he said.

"I feel we can make him an even better player.

"Perhaps he can be a good partner for Julien Rodriguez, but it is up to him to show that he deserves his place in the team."

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