RANGERS manager Dick Advocaat last night denied any interest in Sporting Lisbon striker Kwame Ayaw after watching his team overcome Dutch amateur side Quick Twente with a second-half onslaught.
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Ayaw, a 26-year-old Ghanaian internationalist, suggested he had been approached by Rangers regarding a possible #2.5m transfer, but Advocaat laughed of the reports and admitted he had never even heard of the player.
Rangers struggled to break down the Dutch third division side during a mundane opening period, but Barry Ferguson opened the floodgates from six yards out, his first of two, and he was followed on to the scoresheet by Michael Mols, Jonatan Johansson, who also netted twice, and Kenny Miller.
Mols lasted an hour of his second match back from cruciate ligament damage and his performance would have pleased Advocaat, who missed Wednesday's match to watch the Champions League qualifying match between FBK Kaunas, of Lithuania, and Bosnian side NNK Brotnjo.
He is likely to be given his first full 90 minutes in one of the two remaining games on their schedule, against HZVV on Saturday, and Alphense Boys the following afternoon.
The 2000 spectators who lined the stadium in Oldenzaal, just north of Enschede, were heartened to see their side look comfortable in such exhalted company and, for the first quarter of an hour, the third division club belied their lowly status by pressing Rangers deep into their own half, with goalkeeper Stefan Klos busier than he would have anticipated.
Neil McCann, so effective against Bocholt, looked out of sorts on the left, struggling to get the better of full back Michel van Venterink, but on the one occasion he did find space, he was unable to capitalise on some sterling work from Mols.
Tugay found the Dutchman with a piercing pass from midfield and, despite the close attentions of two defenders, he danced his way clear and set up McCann in one fluid movement. However, his team-mate could not provide a fitting finish, hooking the ball harmlessly wide of goal.
Rangers continued to toil against a solid if unspectacular side.
With entertainment sadly lacking on the field, the Twente coach, Peter Schulte, took matters into his own hands with a unique tribute to three servants who were saying their farewells before moving to greener pastures.
The coach drove on to the field in a golf buggy and carted them away to rapturous applause, while the visitors looked on in bemusement.
The break in proceedings, though, knocked Twente off their stride and as half-time approached Rangers took the lead.
Mols, again one step ahead of his shacklers, found space in the box and drilled the ball across the face of goal, with Ferguson on hand to stroke the ball home from inside the six-yard box.
Advocaat made four changes after the break, with Scott Wilson, McCann, Wallace, and Tugay replaced by Paul Ritchie, Andrei Kanchel- skis, Jonatan Johansson, and Billy Dodds.
The altera-tions injected some much-needed urgency into Rangers' play and Mols doubled their advantage in 51 minutes with a sweetly struck left-footed shot, a goal that brought about the dramatic demise of the team who had until then shown admirable resistance.
Mols was taken off after an hour - twice as long as he played on Wednesday - and into the action came another of the club's summer signings, Kenny Miller, with Rangers well in the ascendancy and the home side unable to move out of their own half.
Ferguson doubled his tally for the evening in the sixty- eighth minute, when he curled a right-footed shot beyond goalkeeper Erik Wieghorst.
Johansson got in on the act shortly after, scampering clear down the left flank before lifting the ball over the keeper and into the net.
The Finnish internationalist doubled his tally in the eighty-sixth minute when he latched on to a Miller pass without much debate from the leaden-footed rearguard.
The former Hibernian striker then rounded off the scoring in the dying moments when he con- verted clinically after a mazy run.
RANGERS - Klos, Adamczuk, Vidmar, Wilson, Moore, Ferguson, Tugay, McCann, Albertz, Mols, Wallace. Substitutes - Charbonnier, Ritchie, Dodds, Miller, Loven-krands, Johnston, Porrini, Johansson.