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Dutch youngster could be heading north on loan...

Arsenal youngster Nacer Barazite has revealed that he would welcome the chance to play for Rangers on loan this season after playing in a pre-season friendly for the Glasgow giants at Linfield this week.

The Dutch forward spent much of the 2008-09 season on loan at Derby County and feels that the chance to play Champions League football at Ibrox is too good to turn down.

The 20-year old played 77 minutes against Linfield after being recommended to the Scottish champions by Liam Brady.

"I have met Arthur Numan (Dutch former Rangers midfielder) a couple of times and I have spoken to him about Rangers and his experiences," he told Rangers' official website.

"As everyone knows, he is a big man at the club and he was a very good player so I know all about the team thanks to him.

"Liam Brady is someone who has been very good to me. He has taken me to Arsenal and I am very pleased he is trying to get me a big chance at Rangers.

"It was a very good start for me (on Tuesday) and I am pleased with my own performance as I know I can do much better with more training.

"Moving to Rangers would be good for me. It would be a step forward, not back, because they are a very big club and they play in the Champions League."

Rangers coach Ian Durrant was impressed by Barazite and was optimistic that a deal could be concluded soon to take the player to Ibrox on a season-long loan.

"Considering he has only had a week of pre-season training, I thought Nacer did well," Durrant said.

"You can see he has got a level of ability.

"Having come from Arsenal, we knew that anyway and he showed up in parts of the match as a very good football player.

"We realised he would be a certain calibre of player and I'd like to see how he gets on over the next week or so.

"Once he gets a level of fitness over the next 10 days or so, I think we will be in a better position to judge.

"Hopefully we can work on Nacer over the next few weeks and get him to the point where we can perhaps do something."

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