Football: Amoruso seeking long deal at Ibrox

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THE RANGERS captain, Lorenzo Amoruso, is ready to commit himself to Ibrox for the rest of his career. After turning terrace jeers to cheers, the Italian defender, who scored the winner in the 2-1 victory over Falkirk on Sunday, is hoping for the opportunity to match the achievements of the great Rangers legends.

"I have three more years on my contract and I have no problem staying here at Rangers after that," he said. "If the chairman asks me to extend my contract then I would say `yes'. I could stay here for the rest of my career because I want to see Rangers winning everything in Scotland and in Europe as well."

John Greig, Richard Gough and Terry Butcher all achieved immortality in the famous blue shirt by captaining Rangers to past glories. Now, Amoruso stands on the threshold of skippering the club to a domestic treble in only his second season in Glasgow.

"It would be great to compare myself to them years down the line and the best start would be to win all three trophies this year," he said.

Celtic were also given a boost yesterday when Morten Wieghorst made clear his willingness to pledge his future to the Parkhead club after taking part in his first match in seven months.

The Danish international, who has been out of action with a serious knee injury sustained in a pre-season meeting with Kilmarnock at Rugby Park, made a tentative 30-minute return to action as an over-age player for the under-21s in a 3-1 defeat to Hearts on Tuesday.

Wieghorst said: "There was a little flutter of the stomach before the start, because seven and a half months is the longest I have been out. You can build fitness in training exercises, but playing a match is a different matter, and it was great to be involved again. Afterwards there was a sense of relief, but I'm already looking to play more than 30 minutes in the next game and take it from there.

"I am hoping I can play in the League run-in and the Scottish Cup this term and I am going to work in a bid to make that happen for me."

Wieghorst, who is out of contract at the end of the season having only signed a one-year deal, said: "My preferred option is to stay at Celtic Park. I wanted to stay part of things after we won the title, but because of the injury that has not been possible. My representatives have had a couple of meetings with Celtic and they are still discussing the details.

"I only signed a one-year contract last summer but as regards the length of deal this time, I am open to anything. What happened last time was that negotiations were dragging on for so long that we just decided to sign for a year which I was happy with at the time."

Wieghorst's injury setbacks mean he has been unable to impress the Celtic head coach, Dr Jozef Venglos, who only took over from Wim Jansen last summer.