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Rangers have completed the signing of Portsmouth midfielder Pedro Mendes on a three-year deal.

The English Premier League club had accepted an offer of £3m for the 29-year-old Portuguese.

“It’s such a great club and there is the chance to fight for the championship and win cups,” said Mendes. “You can’t expect anything but to win things.”

Mendes immediately pinpointed the challenge posed by arch-rivals Celtic.

“It’s time for that to change,” he said. “Everyone here wants to be champions again and to bring happiness to the fans.”

Mendes moved to Fratton Park from Tottenham in January 2006, having previously been with Porto.

“That will help,” he said. “I know the game in England and the UK already, so I’m already used to the British game.”

The Rangers boss Walter Smith expects Mendes to make an impact in Scotland.

“He’s very good technically and I hope he will come and improve us,” said Smith. “He is a really good all-round midfield player.

“He can get a goal or two as well, so he will be a good acquisition for us.”

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