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Rangers land striker Velicka

15 July 2008 12:50

GLASGOW (AFP) - Rangers have signed Lithuania striker Andrius Velicka from Norwegian side Viking Stavanger for one million pounds (1.2 million euros).

The 29-year-old is no stranger to the Scottish Premier League after spending 18 months with Hearts before moving to Viking in January.

That switch didn't work out and Rangers manager Walter Smith swooped to take him to Ibrox.

Velicka admitted he had dreamed of playing for Rangers since the first time he played at Ibrox for Hearts.

"I have known this club from when I was a kid," Velicka said. "I was always interested in this club. It's a dream come true.

"Nine years ago when I came to Ibrox, it was the first time I had seen a stadium like that in my life.

"I couldn't forget that and when I came for the second time it was still amazing. Now it will be my home pitch."

Velicka, who scored 25 times for Hearts, has flown to Rangers' training base in Holland, where Smith will assess his fitness.

"We will see how he is. He didn't play in the last couple of games for Viking but that might be that they were making sure he didn't suffer any knocks before coming to join us," Smith said.

"We will let him get involved in training this week and then make a decision on whether we use him in the remaining matches here."

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