Football: Scottish Preview: Kanchelskis ready to walk out on Rangers

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ANDREI KANCHELSKIS has revealed he could leave Rangers if he is unable to fight his way back into Dick Advocaat's first-team plans.

The pounds 5.5m record signing from Italy's Fiorentina has found himself out of favour at Ibrox and has failed to rediscover the form that made the Russian one of the world's most feared wingers. "If I don't play I want to first of all have a discussion with the manager. Then I can either stay on and see what happens or seek another club."

Ironically, Kanchelskis could find himself in the starting line-up for today's Premier League trip to Motherwell with Rangers not playing well and Advocaat hinting at making changes.

Celtic expect to complete the pounds 5m signing of Brazil's Rafael from Gremio by the end of the Scottish League's winter break in January.

However, the head coach, John Barnes, said yesterday he will shop closer to home. Speaking ahead of today's visit of Dundee United, Barnes said: "Rafael is first-class and you have to spend a lot of money to land a player of his ability - but there are Scottish players around we could buy without breaking the bank. There are a lot of players who have caught my eye, including Kenny Miller at Hibernian and Steven Thompson at Dundee United."

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