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Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Gers sign Dailly, swoop for Alexander

Rangers have signed Scotland international Christian Dailly from West Ham United until the end of the season, the Scottish club have confirmed.

Dailly has won 66 caps for Scotland and effectively replaces Ugo Ehiogu in Walter Smith's squad. Ehiogu moved to Sheffield United earlier this month.

Dailly can fill several defensive roles or could be deployed as a holding midfielder by Rangers.

Former Scotland manager Smith knows Dailly well from his spell in charge of the national team.

The new Ibrox arrival began his career with Dundee United before moving to Derby in 1996.

He was a 5.3million signing by Blackburn in 1998 and moved on to West Ham in 2001.

A loan spell with Southampton earlier this season was an indication Dailly was becoming surplus to requirements at Upton Park and he will hope for more involvement with Rangers.

Dailly was included in new Scotland boss George Burley's first squad, ahead of a training get-together which will take place from Sunday to Tuesday.

• Meanwhile, Ipswich have accepted an offer from Rangers for goalkeeper Neil Alexander.

The 29-year-old Scotland international will now hold talks with the Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders.

Ipswich are poised to sign a goalkeeper from the Barclays Premier League as his replacement.

Alexander has been an ever-present in the Ipswich goal so far this season, making 29 starts, and proved his quality again with a penalty save against Plymouth last night.

He is expected to become deputy to Allan McGregor if he completes a move to Rangers.

Ipswich boss Jim Magilton told official club website www.itfc.co.uk: 'It is a dream move for Neil and we wouldn't stand in his way.

'He is back in the Scotland national squad and we are aware that he is very keen to push his international ambitions and a move back to Scotland will enhance that.

'We are now lining up a replacement from the Premiership and are confident we will have a new `keeper in place inside the next 24 hours.'




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