Rangers reject Barthez

Glasgow - Fabien Barthez may be France's number one goalkeeper but he is not good enough for new Rangers manager Paul Le Guen, according to the player's agent.

Barthez, a free agent after quitting Marseille at the end of last season, was offered to countryman Le Guen, the new Rangers boss, but was flatly rejected.

Instead, Le Guen is interested in Paris St Germain goalkeeper Lionel Letizi, another compatriot, to replace Ronald Waterreus for the new season.

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Barthez's agent Jean-Marie Cantona, brother of another former United stalwart Eric, said: "I know Paul Le Guen very well from his time in France and had a friendly discussion about the possibility of Fabien going to Rangers.

"I knew Paul wanted to change his goalkeeping position at Rangers but he didn't want to take on Fabien. He has other options and I respect him for that."

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