Jerome Rothen eager to call halt to his wretched Rangers spell

WANTAWAY Rangers winger Jerome Rothen admits he is struggling to find a solution to end his Scotland nightmare.

Rothen moved to Glasgow on a season-long loan deal from Paris St Germain but has played just a handful of games for Walter Smith's team.

The 31-year-old is under contract until June but has been told by the club he can leave this month and is ready to take a pay cut to do so. "It was them two months ago who told me I could find another club," he told French radio station RMC.

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"I have to find a solution. It's not easy even though I am prepared to make concessions financially because I want to play and shine on the pitch.

"But they also have to find an agreement with PSG. There have to be discussions with the Parisian club.

"Either I am released and I can commit myself to another club or we find a solution for another loan deal until June."

Rothen is under contract with PSG until June 2011.

Reports suggest the French club have agreed a loan deal with Greek outfit Larissa and Rothen hopes to sort out his future soon.

He continued: "If none of this happens I will be obliged to return to Glasgow but that will be difficult.

"I would try again to flourish there but it won't be easy considering what they've told me. It would suit them if I am not there any more.

"It's up to me to find an interesting challenge. I still have some time. I am open to all offers.

"I still have a lot of desire. I am only 31. I'm not past it."

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Rothen admits he never really wanted to move to Glasgow. And the former France international insists he is baffled as to why he is so rarely considered by Smith.

"When I was at PSG they made me understand that I had to look elsewhere," added Rothen.

"A move to Schalke, which was a good choice, collapsed at the last moment. I found myself without anything on August 31, the last day of the transfer market.

"I thought that going to Rangers for a year playing Champions League football was a good decision.

"Everything was going well there. But after we were knocked out of the Champions League he (Smith] dropped me.

"Like that, from one day to the next. I waited a few matches before asking for talks. Following this talk at the end of November he made me realise that it would suit them financially if I found another club in the winter transfer market."

Rothen made a good early impression on Rangers fans when he shone in the 1-1 Champions League draw with Stuttgart back in September, but since then he has made only a handful of appearances, with two of those resulting in 4-1 home defeats in Europe, against Sevilla and Unirea Urziceni.