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Old 7th September 2001, 11:52
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GEORGIAN hotshot Shota Arveladze is ready and waiting to step into the firing line for Rangers at Tynecastle on Saturday should Dick Advocaat require him.

The £2million former Ajax striker has had his application for a work permit accepted and is currently at home in Holland waiting to hear if his new boss wants him to make his debut against Hearts.

Rangers received the necessary documentation for Arveladze today and Advocaat will contact him this evening to discuss the possibility of him flying to Glasgow immediately.

The 28-year-old picked up a slight knock on Saturday whilst playing for Georgia in their 3-1 win over Hungary. He scored the first goal in that match but wasn’t risked from the start last night as the Georgians beat Lithuania 2-0.

He did make an appearance though, coming on as a substitute in the last minute. It is now up to Advocaat if he wants his new striker at Murray Park for training tomorrow or if he will let him rest and join up with the squad next week.

Should Arveladze play on Saturday, he would only have had one day to familiarise himself with his new team-mates, but he is already well acquainted with many of them including Ronald de Boer, Arthur Numan Bert Konterman and Fernando Ricksen.

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Old 13th September 2001, 13:23
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Angry A massive Blow

RANGERS have been dealt a massive blow tonight after the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected their claim for a new venue for their Euro clash with Anzhi Makhachkala and sided with UEFA, who insist the match goes on in the troubled region of Dagestan.

It now means that Rangers are almost certainly out of the UEFA Cup as they will refuse to comply with competition rules and travel to southern Russia to play the first leg of their first round tie on Thursday night over safety fears for players and staff.

In a statement, the Court said: "By decision rendered this night by the deputy president of the CAS ordinary arbitrary division, the application by Rangers FC has been dismissed."

Chairman David Murray has made it clear that he will not allow the team to travel to the area because he will not jeopardise the security and well-being of his players, officials and staff.

Sadly, UEFA have failed to see things Rangers’ way and even more remarkably the Court of Arbitration for Sport – based in Lausanne, Switzerland – have also refused to accept Rangers’ case that it was unsafe for them to travel to Dagestan.

Now the Ibrox club is facing expulsion from the tournament as they will not go to Makhachkala. It is unclear what action, if any, UEFA will take subsequently.

European football is essential to Rangers and following the huge disappointment of failing to qualify for the Champions League, manager Dick Advocaat was hoping for a good run in the UEFA Cup.

There seems little doubt that Rangers would have been more than capable of defeating the Russians, who have never played in Europe before, but they will not be given the chance.

The safety of the players and staff is more important and chairman Murray deserves great credit for putting them first.

It is now likely that UEFA will take some form of disciplinary action against Rangers, which seems totally inappropriate when the Club is only looking after the well-being of its employees.

There, will of course, be more on this story when we have it.

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Old 18th September 2001, 11:32
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Question Waiting Anxiously

RANGERS are waiting anxiously to hear from UEFA today if their Euro clash with FC Anzhi is to be moved to a safer venue in the wake of fierce fighting in southern Russia, which has now reportedly spilled into Dagestan.

Major Chechen aggression has been going on for the past three days with as many as 60 deaths on the side of the rebels and on Russian forces. Some of the fiercest has happened in the city of Gudermes only 100 miles from Makhachkala where Rangers are supposed to play on Thursday.

And in an alarming development today, the Itar Tass website is reporting that three anti-terrorism operations have been conducted in Dagestan today which must surely influence UEFA's thinking.

Rangers, who have been pleading their case for nearly a month now, are ready to play at a neutral venue at short notice but they simply will not travel to Dagestan.

The whole region has become increasingly more dangerous and it has only strengthened chairman David Murray's resolve.

The Russian authorities are reporting the capture of around 400 suspected guerillas. However, there are still thousands of rebels at large and they seem bent on further terror and destruction.

Britain's Foreign Office has long advocated no travel to this are of Russia and in a new development, the head, MP Peter Hayne, has written directly to UEFA president Lennart Johansson urging him to switch the game.

We will have the latest on the UEFA ruling as soon as we get it.
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Old 19th September 2001, 11:14
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Thumbs up We're off!!!!!!!!!

The venue has yet to be decided, but the decision is a massive relief to Rangers who were ready to be expelled from the tournament rather than travel to the war-torn region in Southern Russia.

UEFA came to their decision in light of the military developments over the last 24 hours in the border area between Chechnya and Dagestan and the withdrawal of the insurance cover available to Rangers, which was notified to UEFA this morning.

UEFA’s chief executive Gerhard Aigner, who has been in constant dialogue with David Murray, explained the decision by saying: "We have continued to closely monitor the security situation in the region which has clearly deteriorated over the last 24 hours. In addition, we have now been informed that the insurance cover for Rangers FC has been withdrawn.

"In light of these developments, and to be fair to both the clubs concerned, we have decided that this match should be played as a single tie at a neutral venue on Thursday 27 September.

"UEFA has a responsibility to all of the clubs and territories involved in our competitions and a duty to protect the draw and the rules of the competition. We also have a duty to ensure that participants can play safely and securely.

"Throughout this process we have taken independent advice and guidance, closely monitored all relevant developments and continued to speak with those who have raised concerns. Our approach has been endorsed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport and we have to ensure that precedents are not set which may then be open to abuse.

"In this case the balance has shifted over the last 24 hours due to a changing security and insurance situation and we believe it is in the interest of the clubs and the competition that the match now be rescheduled."

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Old 19th September 2001, 11:34
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Hi Charlie ,

just read your interesting article and saw that Nerlinger was a substitude in the Motherwell game .
How is he doing for Rangers and did he play allready??

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Old 19th September 2001, 12:06
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Hi joachim,

Nerlinger is vastly experienced, having spent eight years with Bayern Munich where he won two Bundesliga titles, the German Cup, and the 1996 UEFA Cup.

That kind of pedigree elevated Christian into the German national squad and also earned him a move to Dortmund in the summer of 1999.

Sadly, an injury in the second half of that season denied him the chance of appearing at Euro 2000. He played against Rangers that season, though, when Borussia knocked the Ibrox men out on penalties after a 2-2 aggregate scoreline in the third round of the UEFA Cup. Nerlinger missed his spot-kick, but it didn’t matter.

Maybe Dick Advocaat got an idea that night of what Nerlinger could offer, although Jan Wouters knew him too from playing beside the midfielder at Bayern.

Inevitably, some fans saw Nerlinger as a direct replacement for compatriot Jorg Albertz, but he is a different kind of player.

Although not renowned for goal-scoring, Nerlinger scored on his debut in Slovenia against Maribor and then against Aberdeen in his first SPL game.

Frustratingly, he collected a foot injury in the return leg against Maribor which stopped him but the Rangers supporters knew they had snapped up a quality player.

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Old 19th September 2001, 13:08
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Sudden Death

Rangers tie is now a one-off sudden death tie in a neutral venue.

No second chances.

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