Former Rangers captain Craig Moore recommended £3.5m ex-Celtic striker Mark Viduka to the Gers after being impressed with the striker on international duty.

The Australian former centre-half has opened up on speaking about the striker to Dick Advocaat whilst Viduka was playing in Croatia with Dinamo Zagreb.

Mark Viduka

Ex-Rangers captain Craig Moore recommended Mark Viduka to Dick Advocaat before his £3.5m move to Celtic. Mandatory Credit: Michael Cooper /Allsport

But despite Moore’s calls for the Gers to take notice of the robust forward, it would be Old Firm rivals Celtic who stumped up to bring the Aussie hitman to Glasgow.

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“I actually recommended Viduka to Rangers when he was at Dinamo Zagreb,” said Moore [Daily Record].

“I was obviously at Rangers and before he went to Celtic I was like, ‘Try to get him here’. It was mentioned to Dick Advocaat at the time.

“Once you have that relationship with a manager, it’s not uncommon to recommend players you know from your international team.

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“And a manager might also come to you if they’re looking at a player and ask about their character. But for whatever reason nothing came of that tip-off.

“When you’re involved in a football club, we all want the best players at our club and when you know someone then it’s nice to get someone in.

 

“But I don’t think he’s got too many complaints – he went on to have not too bad a career!”

Viduka would later bag Celtic a tidy profit when he made a £6m move to Leeds United and the big Australian would go on to carve out a successful career in England.

But that wasn’t before the Socceroo would face off against Aussie rival Moore in a rain-soaked Old Firm clash back in the year 2000.

Australian midfielder Brett Emerton, def

Moore and Viduka were international teammates for Australia. (Photo credit should read MICHAEL URBAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Moore famously rushed back with Viduka tearing through to make a goal-saving challenge which would prove vital as Rangers ran out 1-0 winners to all but secure the league title.

The former Newcastle United defender has been opening up on the challenge ahead of Saturday’s Old Firm clash

“It was a wet night and I actually did my knee making the challenge. It was the start of issues I had because I had to go for surgery shortly after that,” said Moore.

“It was quite an awkward tackle but I made up some ground on the big fella and came in from a side where I was able to get contact on the ball just as he was about to pull the trigger.

Mark Viduka of Glasgow Celtic is tackled by Craig Moore of Glasgow Rangers

Craig Moore claims injury problems with his knee started with this challenge on Viduka. \ Mandatory Credit: Clive Brunskill /Allsport

“We grew up together and came through the Australian Institute of Sport Football together. When he joined Celtic we stayed friends and went for a coffee but it wasn’t often.”

Rangers are set to travel to Celtic Park on Saturday afternoon with the first Old Firm of the season scheduled to kick-off at 12:30pm.

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