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Rangers tie up Rothen loan deal


Rothen admits that Rangers playing in the Champions League was a draw

Rangers have completed the signing of left winger Jerome Rothen from Paris St Germain on a one-year loan deal.

The 31-year-old, who was in the France squads for Euro 2004 and Euro 2008, is the Ibrox club's only new arrival after a summer clear-out.

"Obviously, I'm delighted to be here. I already knew quite a lot about Rangers before I arrived," said Rothen.

"I really, really want to play here. I can't wait to experience the atmosphere in the stadium."

Rothen spent three seasons with Monaco before switching to PSG in 2004 but has fallen out of the first team picture with the Ligue 1 co-leaders.

A move to Schalke in Germany collapsed last week, leaving Rothen looking for a new challenge.

The player also revealed he turned down an offer from English Premier League club Blackburn Rovers.

"They don't really have the same ambitions as a club," he said of the Lancashire club.

"Here, I have the chance to win titles.

"Rangers are a big club. I wanted to come somewhere where there was a chance to win the league.

"Obviously, the Champions League is a big draw for me. It's the competition that has created the most memories for me as a player."

Ibrox manager Walter Smith has been busy pruning his squad, offloading several fringe players in the last two months.

Smith's one new face was the star man on Monaco's run to the 2004 Champions League draw but failed to recapture that sparkling form on his move to the French capital.

Rothen featured in the PSG side beaten 1-0 by Rangers in the pre-season Emirates Cup in London.

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