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Reyna, Rangers end season in style, breeze to Scottish double.

Claudio Reyna
Claudio Reyna is returning home to join the United States national team after helping Glasgow Rangers easily capture both the Scottish League and Cup titles.
(Sunday, May 28, 2000) -- United States midfielder Claudio Reyna and his Glasgow Rangers teammates ended their season on a high note, breezing to a 4-0 victory over Aberdeen to capture the Scottish Cup today, completing their "double" championship.

Rangers easily won the regular-season Scottish League crown by a record margin.

Reyna played the entire 90 minutes today and produced another solid effort. He again filled in on Rangers' injury-depleted back line as an overlapping outside back. He pushed forward occasionally and started two plays that ended up in Rangers goals.

Because he has played so many positions this season -- attacking midfield, defending midfield, and, for the last month, on the back line -- Reyna has become known as "(Rangers' manager Dick) Advocaat's utility man."

Rangers finished the regular season more than 50 points ahead of Aberdeen. And all doubt about the result ended when in the second minute when Aberdeen's veteran goalkeeper Jim Leighton suffered a broken jaw after a collision with Rangers' Rod Wallace. Because of Cup rules only three substitutes can dress for matches. Aberdeen had no backup keeper, so Robbie Winters, a striker, was pressed into service.

From that point on it was only a question of how many Rangers would score.

Advocaat announced earlier this week that he is going shopping in the transfer market for several new high-priced players in anticipation of next season's Champions League participation by Rangers. They were ousted this year early in the tournament and Advocaat says the team needs additional help to prevent that from occurring again.

What this likely means is that Reyna and a number of other Rangers regulars are going to have a fight to hold onto their starting positions.

In the meantime, Reyna was on his way back to the U.S. to join the American national team for the Nike U.S. Cup that starts Saturday.

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