Diouf keen to extend Ibrox stay

BY foxsports • May 18, 2011

The Blackburn forward's four-month loan is coming to an end but he has revelled in his time at Rangers, winning Co-operative Insurance Cup and Clydesdale Bank Premier League winners' medals. The 30-year-old played 21 games for the club, scoring two goals. Although he had to settle for substitute appearances in the last six matches of the season, he earned cult hero status with the Rangers fans. Diouf told Rangers News: "We are talking right now with the club to see what will happen after this season but I will tell you now this club is magic, really unbelievable. "The fans have been great and I have won two trophies and that is why I came here. "Before I joined people asked me why I was coming because some people thought I was better than that, but no, I am not, this club is magic and I love the fans and want to thank them for everything." The former Liverpool, Sunderland and Bolton player savoured the celebrations on Sunday as 40,000 Rangers fans descended on Ibrox to greet the players on their return from their title-clinching victory at Kilmarnock. Diouf said: "Ibrox was brilliant, an amazing atmosphere and one of the best moments of my career. "My whole time here has been one of the best in my football life. "I've only been here for four months but everyone loves me and I got one of the best receptions from the fans. "Winning was such a big moment, but not for me, for the fans. That is what football is about, the supporters." James Beattie also joined in the celebrations despite leaving Ibrox for Blackpool on loan on the day Diouf arrived. Beattie failed to score in 10 appearances for Rangers in an injury-hit first half of the season following his £1.5million summer move from Stoke - outgoing manager Walter Smith's first purchase for almost two years. The 33-year-old, who has not scored since October 2009, has made nine appearances for the Seasiders but wanted to join in with the squad as he prepares to kickstart his Rangers career under new manager Ally McCoist. "I wanted to be here for the title win so I asked the gaffer if it was all right and he wanted me to be here," Beattie said. "All the lads had texted me to tell me to come up for it too. "Winning the game the way we did was great but then to go back to Ibrox with all the fans to celebrate the title was a fitting send-off for the gaffer." Beattie, who came off the bench in the 82nd minute of Blackpool's 4-3 win over Bolton on Saturday, will now aim to help the Seasiders get the result at Manchester United that they may need to stay in the Premier League. But he will then focus on relaunching his Rangers career. "I'm an easy guy to get along with and the players seemed to like me so it's just a pity that the football didn't go to plan with injuries," he said. "But I'll be back for pre-season training and trying my best to get in the team as we look to make it four in a row. "I hadn't played much football for 12 months when I came at the start of the season but I wanted to play for the club and on days like Sunday you can see why. "I'd love to get a run of 10 or 15 games and hopefully with the work I can do in pre-season I'll be able to do that."