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Pršo rejuvenated by Rangers win

Published: Wednesday 14 September 2005, 17.36CET
Croatia striker Dado Pršo will be waking up with a sore head after starring in Rangers FC's opening UEFA Champions League win against FC Porto.
by Alex O'Henley
from Glasgow

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Published: Wednesday 14 September 2005, 17.36CET

Pršo rejuvenated by Rangers win

Croatia striker Dado Pršo will be waking up with a sore head after starring in Rangers FC's opening UEFA Champions League win against FC Porto.
Dado Pršo insists Rangers FC still have it all to do in Group H despite getting off to a perfect start with a 3-2 win against former UEFA Champions League winners FC Porto at Ibrox.

Clash of heads
The 30-year-old striker scored a vital second goal despite being heavily bandaged following a first-half clash of heads with Porto captain Pedro Emanuel and although the Portuguese side came from behind twice, Greek defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos went on to clinch victory for Rangers with a late header.

'Glasgow kiss'
"I gave him a 'Glasgow kiss' and unfortunately Emanuel came off worst," Pršo joked to uefa.com. "It was an accident, we both went for the ball and I apologised to him immediately. They've used glue on it and I'll probably need a couple of stitches, but I don't feel any pain because I'm so happy with the win."

Losing side
It was the first time that Pršo had come up against Porto since being on the losing team in the 2003/04 Champions League final during his time at AS Monaco FC. That was his final game for the French club before moving to Glasgow, but he insists he did not have revenge in mind.

Rangers first
"This was not about revenge for me," said the Croatian international. "We lost the final against them last year, but now I play for Rangers. I have to leave all that behind me and focus on doing well for Rangers in this season's competition."

Adriaanse praise
Pršo's energetic performance earned the praise of Porto coach Co Adriaanse who felt his side had failed to turn their superior possession into goals. However, according to Pršo, the hungrier team won and he is hoping the display will kick-start Rangers' season at home and abroad.

Back on track
"We needed a victory because of the bad results against Hibernian [FC] and Falkirk [FC] and we've given ourselves a big lift," said Pršo. "However, there's a long way to go before we can even think about qualifying from this group. We go to Milan next and that will be a strange experience because it will be behind closed doors, but if we can show the same spirit and desire we showed against Porto, maybe we can get a good result there too."

Last updated: 14/09/05 21.42CET

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