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Last Updated: Thursday, 2 November 2006, 22:38 GMT
Le Guen faces wait over Ferguson
Rangers manager Paul Le Guen
Paul Le Guen thought it was a great Rangers performance
Rangers manager Paul Le Guen hopes an injury to Barry Ferguson will not dampen his joy after a 2-0 defeat of Maccabi Haifa in the Uefa Cup.

The Rangers captain finished the match but fears he has broken a rib that has been damaged in previous years.

But Le Guen said: "I am hopeful that Barry will be fit for Sunday.

"It is better that we have all our players available as we need to settle well as a team. But it was a great result and a great performance."

Goalkeeper Lionel Letizi had been injured during the warm-up and was replaced with Allan McGregor.

"It's better if the goalkeeper is 100 per cent for such a game and Allan was ready to play," Le Guen explained.
I broke my ribs a couple of years ago and I got a bump on the same bit

Barry Ferguson

The manager had changed his central defence and praised the new partnership of Karl Svensson and Brahim Hemdani, as well as fit-again midfielder Jeremy Clement.

"We have almost qualified and it's confirmation that we can be better in the championship," he said.

The victory followed a disappointing home draw with Motherwell that left Rangers 12 points adrift of Celtic in the Scottish Premier League.

And Ferguson admitted that the difference between Rangers' domestic and European form has left him baffled.

"We are just glad to get the win after the disappointing result at the weekend," he said.

"I don't know why we perform like that in Europe but struggle in the League.

"It is a problem we will need to solve.

"But that was the spirit a Rangers team should show. Everybody was fighting for the cause and giving 110%.

"But we are not through yet and still have a couple of difficult games."

Ferguson, though, was concerned that he will not be available for Rangers' next match.

"I broke my ribs a couple of years ago and I got a bump on the same bit," he said.

"I think I've done the same thing and I'll know more when I have had a scan, but the adrenalin takes you through."



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