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Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Caen to leave Rangers as duo sign

Rangers have offloaded Swedish defender Karl Svensson to French club Caen.

The Sweden international arrived at Ibrox last summer as one of Paul Le Guen's first signings, and was heavily involved during the first half of the season.

However Svensson was used sparingly after the French coach left in January.

New boss Walter Smith brought in David Weir and Ugo Ehiogu to add experience to the Rangers rearguard, and the manager is thought to have defenders in his sights as he looks to further strengthen his squad this summer.

Svensson, 23, had been the captain of IFK Gothenburg before moving to Scotland.

He made 28 appearances for Rangers and has reportedly signed a three-year deal at his new club. French top flight newcomers Caen, while confirming the move, did not confirm contractual details.

The arrival of Scotland B defender Kirk Broadfoot from St Mirren was an indication that Svensson's time at Ibrox was almost up.

Broadfoot, 22, has joined this summer to add to the competition for places in the Rangers side, and the former St Mirren captain is looking forward to being involved in a selection battle.

Broadfoot told Rangers World: 'I think it's only good for the squad and good for the dressing room.

'If you're guaranteed a place every week you might slack so I think it's good for the team and Rangers in general.

'Hopefully I can get on the pitch and play and do myself justice.

'The likes of David Weir and Ugo Ehiogu have played in the Premiership and at international level, so I think I can only learn by watching them day-in, day-out.'

Meanwhile, Rangers have made DaMarcus Beasley their fifth summer signing after confirming his arrival from PSV Eindhoven.

The United States international was at Murray Park this afternoon to put the finishing touches to his transfer, and he has signed a three-year contract.

Beasley's move, which is subject to the likely formality of a work permit being granted, had been held up while the United States took part in the Gold Cup, which they won with victory over Mexico in Sunday's final.

The 25-year-old had an injury-interrupted loan spell at Manchester City last season, where his performances did not do justice to his reputation.

But the winger, who has more than 60 caps for his country, has delighted Rangers boss Walter Smith with his eagerness to move to Scotland.

He played two full campaigns with PSV before spending a year in England, however the Dutch giants did not expect Beasley to feature prominently in their team next season.

The former Chicago Fire player cost PSV approximately 1.5million in 2004, and played for the United States at the World Cup in 2002 and 2006.

While the Beasley deal awaited completion, Rangers announced they have signed former Kilmarnock goalkeeper Graeme Smith to act as cover for Allan McGregor.

Smith, 24, turned down new terms at Rugby Park to become a free agent this summer, and Rangers revealed he has signed a three-year contract with them.

Smith came through the ranks at Kilmarnock and, after previous spells on loan at Queen's Park and Stenhousemuir, began to establish himself in the first team at Rugby Park last season.




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