Rangers beat Celtic and Wolves to Emerson

Rangers Yesterday secured the signing of the Brazilian Emerson on a two-year deal. The Scottish champions beat off interest from Celtic and Wolverhampton Wanderers for the former Middlesbrough player's signature.

Rangers manager Alex McLeish will assess Emerson's fitness before deciding whether to include him in his squad for tomorrow's Premier league match against Dundee United.

McLeish is likely to be without Craig Moore and Peter Lovenkrands for the match. Moore is still out of action with a hamstring strain and Lovenkrands has a knee injury.

Ian McCall, the Dundee United manager, insists his side will attack Rangers, despite being on a three-match losing run and being bottom of the table. New signing Andy McLaren is suspended, and will have to wait to make his second debut for United, but with attacking talent like Collin Samuel and Billy Dodds at his disposal, McCall feels entitled to go into the game with hope. "We're the home side and we will be going out to have a go at Rangers and entertain the fans," McCall said.

The Celtic defender Joos Valgaeren is rated doubtful for today's Premier League match with Livingston at Parkhead.

The Belgian international missed the midweek Champions' League qualification against MTK Hungaria with a knee injury. Despite being on the mend, he is unlikely to be ready for the visit of the Lothian side.

Chris Sutton serves the fourth of his five-match domestic suspension after his midweek goal, but long-term absentee John Hartson is expected to make his first start since April's victory at Rangers.

Livingston head coach Marcio Maximo welcomes back Togo international Cherif Toure-Maman, who proved his worth in an Under-21 game on Monday.

Burton O'Brien (hip) and Jamie McAllister (swollen ankle) both face late fitness tests, but are expected to be available.

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