Letizi answers Rangers call

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Rangers' new goalkeeper Lionel Letizi hopes to repay the faith showed in him by Paul Le Guen after signing a two-year deal with the club. The 33-year-old was free to find a new club after falling down the pecking order at Paris St-Germain in favour of France's World Cup back-up goalkeeper Mickael Landreau.

Letizi replaces the Dutchman Ronald Waterreus, who left Ibrox at the end of the season after failing to agree a new deal. He said that once Le Guen made his interest known, the decision to join Rangers was made easy. Letizi said: "It was very important for him [Le Guen] to ring me. He is French and he knows me and soon as I heard that I knew I wanted to sign.

"I now hope I can win things that he and this big club deserves."

Rangers youngster Chris Burke is confident Le Guen can bring success back to the Ibrox club. They ended last season empty-handed, and third in the Scottish Premier League, after one of the worst domestic campaigns in their history, a disappointing end to Alex McLeish's reign after four-and-a-half years at the club.

Le Guen guided Lyon to three consecutive French titles before taking a year-long break from football, during which time he reportedly attracted interest from clubs such as Real Madrid. Burke said: "He must be a very good manager and we're looking forward to working under him.

"It will be new for a few of the players and it will be a test but we are just going to have to accept it and look forward to the future and see what it brings."

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