Rangers target walks out on Rapid Vienna’s Euro date
Rapid Vienna boss Peter Pacult insists Rangers have got their hands on a striker of real quality after Nikica Jelavic headed off to Glasgow last night to complete a move to the SPL.
Pacult had been playing hardball with Rangers and was clearly not prepared to let his star man go without a fight.
However, the Croatian refused to play for Rapid in their Europa League draw with Aston Villa last night so as not to jeopardise his chances of sealing a £4m move to Ibrox.
“He wasn’t playing because he has gone to Glasgow Rangers,” said Pacult. “We are disappointed because Glasgow Rangers have got themselves a great player — a very good striker.
“He can play at the highest level and a team like Rapid Vienna will miss a player of his quality.
“It is definitely our loss and Glasgow Rangers’ gain.”
It has been Rangers’ transfer saga of the summer and gives Gers boss Walter Smith plenty of options in attack now, having also recently secured the signature of James Beattie from Stoke.
However, the move would also appear to put pay to Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty’s chances of playing in a preferred central role up front as Smith is likely to chose two from Jelavic, Beattie and Kenny Miller as his front men.
Lafferty has been playing the bulk of his Ibrox career on the left flank and, although he has made his wishes to play up front clear, if the Kesh man is to remain a regular fixture in the starting line-up he will have to be content to continue as a winger.
Jelavic was due to undergo a medical at Rangers’ Murray Park training base today before putting pen to paper on a four-year deal.