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Palermo defender Goian makes Rangers switch

Rangers have completed the signing of Dorin Goian from Palermo on a three-year deal. A deal has now been agreed for the Romania international to join the Ibrox outfit pending a successful work permit application.

The 30-year-old looks set to miss out on Tuesday's Champions League qualifier against Malmo, with a work permit unlikely to be granted in time.

Goian told www.rangers.co.uk: "I am glad to be here. For me, it is a big honour to play for a club such as Rangers with so much history.

"They are one of the top teams in Europe and they have been playing in the Champions League for many years.

"When you hear a team like Rangers is interested in you, it can only be a good thing. I knew I had a contract with Palermo but they called me and said I could come here if I wanted.

"At this moment, I have only good feelings about this move. I do not know a lot about Rangers and I have only really seen them playing on television.

"I don't really know about the players we have but I know about Mr McCoist because he was a very good player and he is now our manager.

"I hope that I can take a couple of days now to get to know the guys and to get used to my new surroundings.

"This is a different challenge for me but it is a good one. I have changed team and the country I am playing in but I am a fighter and I know everything here is going to be okay for me.

"When the manager needs me, I know have to be prepared to go on the field and do my all for the team.

"I hope the experiences I have had already in my career will help me to do well and be successful here. I have learned a lot and I am ready to use what I have taken on here."

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