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Reyna happy with Glasgow Rangers, hopes for long future with Scottish club.

By Robert Wagman

MIAMI (Saturday, February 12, 2000) -- Despite reports that his days with Glasgow Rangers are nearing an end, United States midfielder Claudio Reyna says his relationship with Rangers manager Dick Advocaat is good.

The Scottish media has reported Advocaat was miffed when Reyna did not accompany the team to Florida for winter-break training, instead going to California to play for the U.S. against Iran last month. Reyna has not started a match for Rangers since. Instead, he has been relegated to a late-substitute role, often when the result was decided.

Reyna denied that is true, speaks highly of his relationship with Advocaat, who he said had no objections over his midfielder joining the U.S. for the Gold Cup.

"Dick Advocaat and I have what I think is a good relationship," Reyna said. "He's been very fair with me. We have talked about why I feel so strongly about representing my country and he understands. He has to do what he thinks is best for the side. But I have no problem whatsoever with the way he has treated me, and from what he tells me he has no problem with my being here to play for the U.S."

"I may be gone a month with this tournament. He needed to look at various combinations of players he needs to use. I understand why he was doing it, and I don't disagree. I don't feel I was being punished."

Given considerable funds to strengthen his team, Advocaat has been acquiring young, talented midfielders, which seems to indicate Reyna might be transferred. But Reyna stated his desire to remain with Rangers and regain his starting position.

"We talked about it and he knew I was leaving and why and it was not a big deal, Reyna said. I worked harder in California than I would have down here in Florida."

In recent days, there have been reports in the British press that Reyna might be transferred, including one specific rumor had him headed for Charlton Athletic in the first division with a reported $1.3 million transfer fee.

"I'm not going anywhere, Reyna said. I am very happy in Glasgow. I've heard nothing that they are unhappy with me. These rumors are simply not true. I hope to be with Rangers for a very long time."

Senior correspondent Robert Wagman can be e-mailed at SoccerWag1@aol.com.

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