Celtic and Rangers on Papin's mind

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DAVID MCKINNEY

Rangers' heavy defeat by Juventus in the Champions' League has done little, it would seem, to damage the perception of abroad. Jean-Pierre Papin, the French striker who is unable to reclaim his place in the Bayern Munich team ahead of Jurgen Klinsmann, has declared that he would willingly join either Rangers or Celtic in an effort to resurrect his career.

"They are both big clubs and I would consider signing for a suitable contract," said Papin, who came off the bench on Tuesday in Bayern's Uefa Cup win against Raith Rovers at Easter Road.

Rangers made light of their injury problems, as they crushed Heart of Midlothian 4-1 at Ibrox on Saturday, with Paul Gascoigne opening Rangers' account in the second minute on his return from injury.

The win was a costly one, however, with the full-back David Robertson collecting an injury which will keep him out of tomorrow's Coca Cola Cup semi final against his former club, Aberdeen.

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