Date: 18th August 2008 at 10:04am
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Spaniard Angel Rangel took his first steps onto the championship stage in the 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest on Saturday and has declared he is fit and raring to go against Plymouth Argyle.

Sustaining a hernia problem at the tail end of last season , the right back had undergone an operation to cure the problem but had to sit out the whole of pre season. Rangel made his return to competitive action last week in the 2-0 win over Brentford in the first round of the Carling Cup. Replacing the injured Federico Bessone who sustained fractured ribs, the defender has a fight on for his place.

Last seasons forgotten man Matty Collins had vastly impressed in the reserves last term and this season the former Fulham man is a certain contender to Rangel’s place. Whilst Alan Tate could get the nod over the Spaniard.Getting behind the team the Sant Carles de la RĂ pita born player has vowed to back his team mates even if he does not start.

Rangel Told The SWEP:

‘It was great to be out there on Tuesday night against Brentford and also against Forest.I was a little disappointed to miss the Charlton game but I went there to support the players because we are a team and I want the club to do well. But I felt very good today. Obviously I have missed some pre-season games because of my operation, but I am happy with my fitness now.I feel ready to play in the next game against Plymouth.We have a big squad here and everyone can play in the Championship.There is very tough competition for the position I play.Matty Collins did well in Spain and Sweden and has started both league games.Alan Tate is also working very hard and is a good player, so I know what I have to do.I need to train hard all week and try to get my place back.Everyone wants to play but I will be ready if I am needed.Of course, I am disappointed if I don’t start but I realise that we have a big squad.I have to wait for my chance and be patient.If I do not start at Plymouth then I will support my team-mates as much as I can.’



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