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Football: Stefan is not going to budge on pay cut.

Byline: By MARK GUIDI

RANGERS keeper Stefan Klos is not willing to take a hefty pay cut and will quit Ibrox if a new contract offer does not carry at least the same terms as he enjoys just now.

Mail Sport understands Klos has also made it clear to Alex McLeish he is not happy with the direction of the club.

The German's comments will leave the Gers manager fearing his most consistent performer in the past 18 months will leave when his deal expires in summer 2005.

The player's agent, Tony Preuss, will arrive in Scotland within two weeks but Klos will not follow the lead of Arthur Numan or Lorenzo Amoruso, who were willing to take a salary cut of up to 25 per cent.

Klos will be in demand from top clubs around Europe if he wants to leave Gers.

The keeper knows he is a valuable asset and wants his earnings to stay at about pounds 1.7 million per year.

Talks could take two months by which time the player will have either signed a new contract or announced his desire to leave.

Meanwhile, McLeish is praying Celtic go on another UEFA Cup glory run it's his best hope of them throwing away their 11-point lead.

He said: ``Of course it would be beneficial for us if Celtic were to go on another good UEFA Cup run because it undoubtedly puts more pressure on their squad.

``They defied that theory last year but the demands of an extended run in Europe puts a strain on any squad and could give us some hope.

``We know they can only throw it away but that doesn't mean we're giving up.''

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 11, 2004
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