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Football: Don't sell me boss says Pete.

Byline: By David McCarthy

PETER LOVENKRANDS last night begged Alex McLeish not to make him part of a summer clearout.

The big-earning Dane is expected to be one of the players the Rangers boss will move on to free up wages that will be used to entice new signings.

But the winger, drafted back in for the match against Aberdeen last week, hopes a late form surge can keep him at Ibrox until his contract ends next summer.

Lovenkrands, 25, insists he will come good after confidence and injury crises that have wrecked his season.

And he is praying he will get the nod against Hearts today in another attempt to impress his gaffer.

Lovenkrands said: 'It was great to play last week. I felt good that I finally got a chance again. It was really good for me and gave me a bit of confidence. The whole year has been quite hard. I've had too many injuries. It's been tough but now I seem to be okay.

'I hope to stay. We need to get the season done and then I can look at what will happen.

'But I hope sincerely I am a Rangers player next season.

'I love living here. I have a great life and love the fans and playing for the club.

'My life outside football is great here as well, so I am very settled and hopefully I can keep that going.

'I don't know what will happen. It's down to the gaffer to take a look at it'I have one year left on my contract and a lot of things need to be discussed. I'll have to see what the club want at the end of the season.'

Lovenkrands knows a win against Hearts is vital if Rangers are to keep the pressure on Celtic at the top.

He says there have been so many twists and turns this term that the outcome of the title race is impossible to predict.

Lovenkrands added: 'This season has been full of ups and downs. We've beaten Celtic, Celtic have beaten us. They've lost points at home, we've lost points at home.

'The season before last, when we were close, nobody was doing that. There have been a lot of surprises
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 7, 2005
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