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El Hadji Diouf has until the end of the season to persuade Rangers to take up the last year of his contract or return to an uncertain future with Blackburn.

Steve Kean revealed that, when he took over as Rovers manager, he told Diouf he wanted to give 20-year-old Junior Hoilett a run in the first-team.

"Hence the reason why he went on loan to Rangers," Kean told BBC Scotland.

"But he has one year left of his deal, so I don't know if Rangers will want to take up the last year of his contract."

Diouf, whose on-field behaviour often led to controversy during his spells with Liverpool, Bolton, Sunderland and Ewood Park, has had a stormy first few months at Ibrox.

The 30-year-old Senegal international scored a goal that helped Rangers knock Sporting out of the Europa League.

But he was then embroiled in a tetchy exchange with Celtic captain Scott Brown in a Scottish Cup draw between the Glasgow neighbours before being one of three Rangers players shown red cards during a now infamous defeat in the replay.

Diouf has since been relegated to the Rangers bench, only appearing for the final minutes of Sunday's Co-operative Insurance Cup final win over their Old Firm rivals.

But Scottish manager Kean said: "He was always a good lad and always worked hard.

"The thing that was going to be difficult for El Hadji was we've got a young lad here, Junior Hoilett, who is a talent and I wanted to play Junior.

"And I said to El Hadji, you are not going to play as much as you normally do, and he is at a stage of his career where he wanted to play.

"I don't know if he will want to come back."


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Only way we could get him is if he took a big pay cut. Perhaps he may think 'I've made my money so will accept what they can pay and I like them anyway so its no big deal and money isnt the over-riding factor'. Wont happen though, not many players these days think like that. Has he done enough in a Rangers to justify an extension? The jury is still out on that as far as I'm concerned

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Diouf hasn't convinced me yet he deserves to come back to us next season on a loan deal, we will still have to pay towards his wages and depending what that is it could drain us. If he produces the form that we know he can play between now and end of season i'd take him.

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Not done anywhere enough for me.

If he hadn't spat on a pape, I'm not sure so many people would have taken to him.

That old chestnut, what are you saying about our fans then with this?


I agree hes not done enough yet, but its not through the lack of effort, the title run in may show otherwise though.


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