Rangers Sign Bolton Target Prso

Last updated : 10 May 2004 By Mark Heys
Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers have beaten Bolton Wanderers in the race to sign Croatian international forward Dado Prso on a pre-contract agreement.

The 29-year old Monaco man has snubbed a move to the Trotters in favour of a move to the Scottish Premier League to link up with the Gers on a three year agreement much to the disgust of Bolton manager Sam Allardyce who felt he had struck an understanding with the player.

Prso has been in fine form for his club this season helping the Monte Carlo side to the latter stages of the Champions League where they will face FC Porto in the final later this month. He will then be heading off to the European Championships in Portugal to represent his country in what will be a hectic couple of months.

During the weekend Allardyce had said that he would be disappointed if the player were to shun the Wanderers in favour of a move to Rangers. The Bolton boss has followed the player since Christmas and had agreed terms on a deal two months ago to bring him to the Reebok Stadium for next season, however the player has since turned his back on that agreement in favour of a move to Alex McLeish's side after the Glasgow club held talks with the player last week.

'We've been chasing Dado Prso for a while and we managed to keep it quiet for the last eight weeks. I'll be very sad if he didn't join us after he agreed terms six weeks ago. But I suppose, if Rangers have come in for him, and he went to them, I'd be extremely disappointed in more ways than one. I can't believe after what we agreed that he'll turn us down. That might be the measure of the man. We might not be quite big enough for him just yet.' Allardyce told the clubs site.

More encouraging though is the bid to fend of Rangers arch rivals Celtic in the race to sign Brazilian superstar Rivaldo. The 32-year old attacking midfielder has been the hot talking point in Lancashire for the past two weeks in the "will he sign, won't he" sign saga.

A late move by the Bhoys and a confirmation of interest from Celtic boss Martin O'Neill last week cast serious doubts over the ex-Barcelona player moving to Bolton however chairman Phil Gartside says the Trotters are still in pole position to land the player ahead of the Scottish champions having recieved a fax to say that the player did not want to play in Scotland. Gartside says terms have been agreed with the playmaker and all that is needed now is for the club to sit down the with the player to complete the formalities of the deal.

"I have a fax in my pocket which arrived this morning saying he wants to come to us, It also says he doesn't want to play in Scotland, so we are still hoping to do something with him. We've offered him a deal which he's accepted financially and it's just a case of getting together with him to put pen to paper." he told the club site.