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Jelavic tips Rangers for shock result at Man Utd

Nikica Jelavic is not eligible to play when Rangers take on Manchester United in the Champions League but he has backed his new team-mates to pull off a shock result at Old Trafford. The Croatian striker is well aware that the Barclays Premier League giants are favourites.

But he pointed out that Rangers had been firm favourites to cruise to victory against Hamilton in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League and needed to battle to the final minute to find the goal that secured the win at New Douglas Park yesterday.

"I think we have a chance," he said. "Manchester United is a big team but, in our game, they were 100% and we were a little down and thought it would be easy. Maybe this could also happen in the Champions League.

"You never know. Maybe if we are 100%, we can take some points there."

Former club Rapid Vienna's progression to the Europa League group stages at the expense of Aston Villa means Jelavic is ineligible to take part in the Champions League this season.

"Of course it's frustrating and all I can do now is watch the game on Tuesday night," said Jelavic.

"It's difficult. What I can do is stay focused on the SPL and play these games and cup ties.

"It's difficult for me not to play in the Champions League, especially against these big clubs, but I will have my chance next year."

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