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Alex McLeish hopes Alex Rae will demonstrate all his combative qualities as the midfielder returns Authentic Prada Handbags Online to European competition in Rangers’ summit meeting with AZ Alkmaar tonight.
The 35-year-old Rae, who was banned for five matches for kicking a CSKA Moscow player in the head in a Champions League qualifier, will enjoy his first experience of the Uefa Cup in the contest between the two teams with 100% records in Group F. Rangers lead on goal difference.
The match brings together two of Europe’s form sides. McLeish’s Scottish Premierleague leaders take a 16-game unbeaten run – 15 of them victories – to the Netherlands. Not to be outdone, Alkmaar have also gone 16 matches without defeat.
The team coached by Co Adriaanse, the surprise title contenders in the Netherlands this season, have won their past nine games at home and abroad, and their only domestic loss was a 5-1 thrashing back in August by the leaders PSV Eindhoven.
Given this record, McLeish is pleased to have the former Wolves forward Rae, Rangers’ most senior player, available again in a game requiring his commitment and leadership qualities.
“I’m Bicester Village Prada Discount delighted to get Alex back,” said the manager. “He has served his penance. We know Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Clothing Uk he is a hard player but I think overall, over the past few years, he has been a fine example to young players. His will to win and desire, some people interpret that as him bending the rules a bit. But I don’t see it that way at all. Black Prada Bag Mission Impossible He was a bit unlucky with the CSKA thing. I think he has showed he is a player who is very much unafraid of going into a tackle.”
Rae would have missed a number of European nights anyway after tearing a calf muscle in Authentic Prada Outlet Uk his Black Leather Prada Milano Purse Old Firm debut in Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada August. He returned to help Rangers beat Celtic in the CIS Insurance Cup last month, lasting 111 minutes of a tie decided in extra-time.
McLeish admitted he had been astounded by the way Rae had coped despite a lack of match fitness. “His first game back was exceptional. It far exceeded expectations. Alex put in one of the best performances of the season.”
Another influential Rangers midfielder, Fernando Ricksen, has also had his problems with authority in the past linked site, so much so that a number of Alkmaar players have admitted they will try to get him sent off as the Dutchman faces his former club.
But McLeish is convinced that Biggest Prada Store In London Ricksen, who left Alkmaar for Ibrox in 2000, is a changed character. “He wants to go back and prove to the people of Alkmaar he has improved as a footballer and matured as well,” the manager said. “I know there have been a couple of Alkmaar players [going for] the wind-up but Fernando has Are Prada Trainers Made In Vietnam showed in a couple of intense Old Firm games that he is above that. Gamesmanship is just part of the game. You will get guys who will do everything and anything to win and that’s understandable.”
McLeish hopes Michael Ball will overcome Authentic Prada Handbags Uk a foot injury to start at left-back as the alternatives, Gregory Vignal, Paolo Vanoli and Maurice Ross, are all injured, leaving only the 19-year-old Steven Smith as cover on the bench. Shota Arveladze and Steven Thompson are also out injured.