Football: Mols missing for season

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THE RANGERS striker Michael Mols has been ruled out for the rest of the season, after tests revealed he had damaged his cruciate knee ligament.

The Dutchman was injured in Wednesday's Champions' League defeat to Bayern Munich and yesterday's verdict confirmed the club's worst fears. The heartbreaking news is a huge blow to the 28-year-old, who has hit 13 goals for the Ibrox club since joining from Utrecht for pounds 4m at the end of last season.

The absence of Mols is just as big a setback to Rangers as the loss of the Swede, Henrik Larsson, to Celtic. The two Old Firm rivals meet at Ibrox tomorrow and Dick Advocaat, the home manager, is likely to pick Jonatan Johansson and Rod Wallace as his strikers.

Celtic are still without Stephane Mahe but are likely to demote Mark Burchill to the bench to allow for Ian Wright's return. The veteran forward was ineligible for Thursday's Uefa Cup loss to Lyon.

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