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Gers and Dons Agree Loan Swap

Rangers and Aberdeen have agreed a season-long loan swap which will see Lithuanian striker Andrius Velicka head north to join up with Mark McGhee’s squad and versatile defender Ricky Foster heading to Ibrox.

Foster is Rangers’ fourth signing after Beattie, Weiss and Jelavic arrived in August. The 25-year-old has spent over 7 years at Pittodrie making over 200 appearances for the Dons. Foster is capable of playing anywhere across the back four and on the left and right-side of midfield.

Andrius Velicka will head to Aberdeen after making just 8 appearances for Rangers, scoring 4 goals. The Lithuanian international, who had a spell with Hearts, was sent on loan to Bristol City but was ruled out for a year after picking up a serious knee injury on his debut.

He told “It has all happened very quickly. I was surprised the way things have gone and I’m very excited by it.

“I remember that goal two seasons ago. It was a pure mistake. Scoring at Ibrox was something I had thought about but not an own goal.

“It was not a highlight for me but at least I can say I have scored for Rangers at Ibrox and hopefully I can add a few more this season.”

“The Champions League is the biggest stage of all and to have a chance of playing there is terrific. You look at the teams in the group and it’s going to be brilliant.”

“I have never been to a Champions League match at Ibrox but having watched on TV you can see that the atmosphere is incredible so it’s something that I would love to be involved in. This is a really good opportunity for me. I am under no illusions that I am going to walk into the team but I will work really hard to try to get there and if I do it will be a great personal achievement.”

“I know a lot of the players already having played against them a few times and also with them with Scotland under-21s. I know Steven Naismith, Steven Whittaker and Kirk Broadfoot from that time. So I have to hit the ground running and show what I can do in training and try to get into the manager’s plans as early as I can.”

“If you look at the Rangers team it’s going to be difficult for me to break in. Hopefully my pace can be an asset in either of the full back positions or further forward. I realise that I am a squad player but I hope to do what I can to show that I can play for Rangers.”



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