Rangers clinch deal for Lens striker Cousin

Cousin, who has been tracked by Rangers since the disintegration of his relationship with the Lens supporters, passed a medical and signed a three-year deal ahead of last night's deadline for the Champions League third qualifying round.

"I'm very happy to be a player for Rangers," said Cousin, who could be part of the squad for tomorrow's Clydesdale Bank Premier League match with St Mirren.

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"I'm really glad to play with this club. It's an historic club, and I feel very happy and very proud. I am not 100% fit, but if the coach asks me to play this weekend then I will play.

"I saw Ibrox earlier today and it is a fantastic stadium. I cannot wait to play there for the first time."

Gers boss Walter Smith said: "I am obviously happy to get this deal done and we look forward to seeing Daniel play for Rangers.

"He is a very powerful striker and will bring something different to the squad. He's nowhere near as tall as the 6ft 7ins reported in some places, but has a great presence and is also good on the ground."

Smith added: "Like Jean-Claude Darcheville, Daniel is a player who wants to try something different and this is a chance for him to do that. He is very experienced and is mature enough to cope with such a change."

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