Livi in swoop for Albertz

Last updated : 08 December 2004 By Dov

Livingston manager Richard Gough has made an ambitious bid to bring former Rangers midfielder Jorg Albertz to Almondvale. The 33 year old was a fans favourite with the Ibrox side, and said that he would welcome a move back to Scotland.

"I have spoken to Jorg, who is back in Scotland right now trying to tie a few things up," Gough told the Daily Record.

"He has some offers from clubs over there but if he doesn't take one of them he might agree to come over here and join us.

"I will be speaking to him again in the next few days and we will take things from there but there is no question he has the kind of quality we need."

Albertz, who joined Chinese Shenhua last year after his return to Hamburg ended with him being unable to command a regular first-team place, says he has enjoyed his Asian experience.

He said: 'It was difficult when I first came over. It's a long way from home and it's a different culture.

'I now want to get home so that I can spend more time with my family. But it has been a good experience.

'Last year Shenhua won the league championship although we have not done so well this season.

'We get crowds of between 23,000 - 25,000. But it's a lot bigger when we play our local derby against Shanghai Cosco.

'In one meeting last season the match was watched by a crowd of 80,000.'

But it's time for Albertz to pack his bags and return to more familiar surroundings with Scotland a possibility.

He said: 'I may return to Germany to play my football but there is also the chance I could now go back to Scotland.

'It would be a dream, of course, to play again for Rangers. They will always have a special place in my heart but I have tried to get back and nothing happened.

'If there is any club who would like to talk to me then I will be happy to talk.'