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Exclusive: Rangers star Pedro Mendes tipped to be fit for clash with Hearts

Apr 27 2009 By James Traynor

RANGERS were handed a title boost last night with the news Pedro Mendes should be fit for Sunday's clash with against Hearts.

The Portuguese was injured in the first half of their 3-0 Scottish Cup semi-final win against St Mirren.

And as he was carried off on a stretcher Rangers feared the worst.

Ally McCoist voiced those fears on Saturday night saying: "If we lose Pedro now then it would be a serious blow to our title hopes.'

Mendes was left in a heap on the Hampden turf after a clash with Will Haining.

His knee was badly gashed but because of the swelling it was too difficult to tell if he had also sustained ligament damage.

Ibrox gaffer Walter Smith was told after the semi that Mendes would need a scan and that it might take 48 hours before the full extent of the damage could be revealed.

However, the swelling subsided overnight and Smith got the news he wanted.

He said: "It looks as though Pedro will recover in time for the Hearts match but if he doesn't then he'll certainly be ready for the Old Firm game."

Meanwhile, new captain David Weir admitted last night that the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden could be his last game for Rangers.

In fact, the season's finale on May 30 could be Weir's last ever game before he hangs up his boots.

He will be 39 in a couple of weeks and, although his fitness has never been in doubt, the demands of playing at the top level are severe.

With his contract up in the summer,Weir knows he has a decision to make but the Hampden showdown against Falkirk could be his last outing in a lengthy career.

More than 600 appearances for Falkirk, Hearts, Everton and Rangers have been clocked up and Weir also has 64 Scotland caps.

He said: "It will be a proud day if I get to lead the team out for the final because being involved in finals is one of the reasons that you want to play football.

"The memories from days like that are something that you will have forever and be able to look back on once your career is finished.

"Hopefully I will be captain and, of course, it could be my final game for Rangers."

And he added: "It could be the final game for Rangers for anyone who plays that day because you never know what is going to happen.

"I won't be making any decisions on my future until after the season is over and then I will sit down and think about it during the summer."

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Great news. There is no doubt that Pedro has been off-form in the past couple of months but he is always capable of playing that decisive pass or producing that moment of brilliance.

I would be much more confident of our chances with Mendes in our midfield than without for the run-in. (tu)

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Great news. There is no doubt that Pedro has been off-form in the past couple of months but he is always capable of playing that decisive pass or producing that moment of brilliance.

I would be much more confident of our chances with Mendes in our midfield than without for the run-in. (tu)

Pretty much how i feel.....

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GREAT NEWS mendes has been and is gonna be a big part of this season.

in 2 minds about the davi weir bit good solid defender and a great pro,but we have to replace him and not get some have assed midfeilder in to play in defence!!!

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Aye, looks like good news, I dont like Rangers players injured, but, hopefully he will buck his ideas up a bit.

Better news for me was the fact Davie is looking at finishing after this season, especially if he goes out on a high, captaining the team to the title and cup. He certainly shouldnt be a player next season, although, he should do his badges and perhaps coach, has great experience and his reading of the game is good, should pass that on

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