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Jelavic determined to earn plaudits of Rangers fans

New signing Nikica Jelavic admits he needs to work hard to deserve the adulation of the Rangers fans. The Croatian striker made his debut in the 2-1 win over St Johnstone in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League after being granted a work permit.

He concedes he needs time to adapt to the Scottish game but is confident of his ability to settle in his new surroundings.

"It was nice to hear all these fans but I have to prove myself to deserve this," he said.

"I had 20 minutes and it was hard but I think it will be better and better.

"I don't know how long it will take for top match sharpness but I hope it won't be too long.

"You have to go for every ball 100% so it's a little bit different but I think it will come.

"It was nice to be part of this game and it was a hard match.

"But after we showed out character, we won the match which is very important for us."

Speculation surrounds the future of Kenny Miller ahead of the transfer deadline after it emerged he rejected a new contract with the Scottish champions.

Jelavic urged him to remain at Rangers so they can forge a profitable partnership.

Jelavic said: "It's nice to play with this guy because he doesn't need a 100% chance - he only needs a little moment and he scores.

"It's good to play with him. I don't know his situation but I hope he will stay with us."

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