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Amo: I won't be done up like skipper.

Rangers skipper Lorenzo Amoruso last night stepped into the row over his appointment and told the Ibrox legions: You can trust me with the armband.

Most Gers fans had expected pounds 4million Scotland captain Colin Hendry to be handed the job when he finally clinched his move from Blackburn Rovers.

But coach Dick Advocaat stuck by the Italian stopper and Lorenzo - criticised by some supporters after Tuesday night's 2- 0 win over PAOK Salonika - insists he's the man for the job.

The 27-year-old former Fiorentina star revealed: "I knew I'd be skipper for the season from the day before the first game against Shelbourne.

"I know being captain of Rangers means I'm a big figure in Scotland but the minute I step on the pitch I forget about that.

"I play the same in EVERY game whether I'm skipper or not."

Amoruso's first year at Ibrox was wrecked by an achilles injury until he returned to play in the last five matches.

Now he has the added burden of succeeding the club's most successful captain, Richard Gough.

But he stressed: "OK, I'm still getting used to playing here and now I'm the skipper too but it's GOOD for me.

"I had a bad first year but this has boosted me and I'm accustomed to the responsibility.

"At Fiorentina when Gabriel Batistuta wasn't fit he handed over to me.

"So I don't feel any more pressure these days. Just because I have to exchange a pennant or toss a coin doesn't make me a nervous wreck!"

Advocaat explained: "Amoruso - like Hendry - is a natural leader and he is one of the few players left here from last season.

"I believed that was important and it was a factor in my decision."

CHARLIE MILLER is set for a first-team boost in Tuesday's League Cup clash with Alloa - even though boss Dick Advocaat thinks he's only 60 per cent fit.

He had been warned his future was on the line due to his lack of fitness but made the bench for Salonika in midweek.

Advocaat said: "He's still only 60 per cent fit but Charlie does have the qualities to be a good player and that's why I'm giving him a chance."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:King, Iain
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 16, 1998
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