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Klos wipes his hands of any part in Kyrgiakos injury as Greek internationalist comes to Ibrox

RANGERS goalkeeper Stefan Klos insists he is not guilty of injuring new signing Sotirios Kyrgiakos.

The 25-year-old Greece internationalist joined last week after exhaustive medical inspection of a knee he damaged in a Champions League game against Rangers in October 2003.

The injury cost the centre-back his place in the Euro 2004 squad that went on to surprise everyone by lifting the trophy.

But Klos insisted he was not to blame. He said: "I don’t really remember him to be honest.

"I heard he got injured when he played against us in the Champions League last season but I don’t think it was a foul by me.

"I just caught a cross and he seemed to fall awkwardly and hurt himself. But I am sure he is okay now and will be a good signing."

The German had been the subject of speculation that he might be involved in a transfer this month, with Borussia Monchengladbach, managed by former Ibrox boss Dick Advocaat, the club in question.

But Klos insisted there was no way he would leave - and was surprised if anyone thought otherwise.

He said: "I have a contract until 2007. Why do people keep asking me if I am going to leave? I have two years left on my contract after this season and I intend to stay until the end. I am loyal to Rangers as they have always been loyal to me."

Advocaat did sign centre-back Craig Moore however and Klos insisted the Australian’s loss was a bigger blow than the 8million sale of Jean-Alain Boumsong to Newcastle.

He said: "I was disappointed with Craig Moore leaving the club, someone who had been here for more than ten years. In the end he left in a quiet way and nobody really noticed because Boumsong left around the same time and everyone was talking about that.

"Looking at the bigger picture, Craig has done a lot for the club over the years."

Meanwhile, midfielder Stephen Hughes has admitted he has contemplated going out on loan.

The former Scotland Under-21 international has hardly featured this season and Hughes has seen fellow fringe player Bajram Fetai borrowed by Inverness.

He said: "I have thought about going away to play but at the moment I am just happy to see what happens here. Hopefully I can push my way back into the first team and fight for my place."

 
 
 

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