Monaco director aims slur at De Boer

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The Monaco technical director, Henri Biancheri, gave Rangers an added incentive to topple his side in their Champions' League Group D encounter tonight, after he described the Dutch international Ronald de Boer as "a poor man's Gheorghe Hagi", and Jörg Albertz as "slow". Biancheri, who saw the Ibrox club's 1-0 victory over Hearts on Sunday, also says he believes their sole tactic is to pass the ball to De Boer.

The Monaco technical director, Henri Biancheri, gave Rangers an added incentive to topple his side in their Champions' League Group D encounter tonight, after he described the Dutch international Ronald de Boer as "a poor man's Gheorghe Hagi", and Jörg Albertz as "slow". Biancheri, who saw the Ibrox club's 1-0 victory over Hearts on Sunday, also says he believes their sole tactic is to pass the ball to De Boer.

Monaco's apparent contempt for their Scottish opponents appeared to grow when the coach, Claude Puel, admitted that he has not seen Rangers play in person. Despite acknowledging that his future with the club is in doubt after a string of indifferent results, he said he had not had the chance to travel to Glasgow.

Biancheri did, however, describe the Scottish champions as a team that is becoming increasingly strong and he was particularly drawn to De Boer during the 1-0 defeat of Hearts.

He said: "He's like Hagi, with a bit less talent but a better attitude. His team-mates try to give him the ball all the time. With him, they have a chance."

As for Albertz, he added: "He's has great vision and a strong shot from as far out as 40 metres - but he is a bit slow."

Rangers may be without Albertz, as the German has an eye infection, while Monaco are without the playmaker Marcelo Gallardo and defenders Ousmane Dabo and Franck Jurietti, who are all suspended. A thigh injury has ruled out the defender Philippe Christanval. He will be replaced by Julien Rodriguez who will play alongside the Mexican Rafaël Marquez in central defence.

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