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Radio Scotland interview with
Jim Duffy
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Friday, 24 November, 2000, 15:49 GMT
Flo can strike it big
Tore Andre Flo trains with his new team-mates
Tore Andre Flo trains with his new team-mates
Jim Duffy is delighted that Rangers have beaten a host of Premiership and Continental clubs to the signature of Tore Andre Flo.

As the striker trained with his new team-mates on Thursday, his former coach also said it would be no shock if the Norwegian international scored in his debut three days later.

Duffy, the former Dundee and Hibernian manager, now on the staff at Stamford Bridge, said: "I am pleasantly surprised that he has gone to Rangers and Scottish football to be honest.

"Because there were a number of Premiership clubs that were interested in him - and clubs from abroad.

"David Murray has done wonderfully well to attract him to Glasgow."

Flo is likely to be thrown into the cauldron that is the Old Firm derby at Ibrox, where Rangers must win to retain hopes of retaining their title.

Instant hit

Former Celtic defender Duffy stressed: "He needs to be an instant hit.

"Everybody likes time to bed into a new club, but he won't get that time. "But I would not be surprised if he scored his first goal on Sunday."

Considering their long casualty list, Rangers will at least be relieved to learn that Flo is not a player who picks up many injuries.

Flo will play in the Old Firm derby
Flo will play in the Old Firm derby
"The fans won't see a target man striker some people have said Dick Advocaat was looking for," Duffy pointed out.

"He is a very technically-gifted player who likes to receive balls to his feet, even though he is about 6ft 4in.

Composed finisher

"He is a very difficult player to pick up and is a very composed finisher."

Ibrox defender Bert Konterman also reckons Flo will be a big hit with Rangers.

The Dutch international reckons he should know after failing to stop Flo scoring against his team in the Champions League last season.

Konterman told his website: "I had to man-mark him twice when I played for Feyenoord against Chelsea in the Champions' League last season and they were memorable games.

"He scored against us and he also scored three times, easily, against Barcelona when Chelsea progressed to the quarter-finals.

Highly-gifted

"He's a highly-gifted football player, good in the air and with exceptional close control, but he is also a very important team player; he works really hard for the team and makes intelligent runs all over the pitch.

"He's a real striker, a true goalscorer, but he can also get involved in setting up goals for other players. It's good to see a new player of such high quality arriving at Ibrox."

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