Diouf fulfils dream as Rangers win Scottish league

Hatem Maher, Sunday 15 May 2011

Senegalese forward El Hadji Diouf wins his first league title as Rangers are crowned Scottish champions

El Hadji Diouf

Senegal’s El Hadji Diouf fulfilled a dream after Rangers clinched a third consecutive Scottish league title on Sunday.

They thrashed Kilmarnock 5-1, thanks to a hat-trick from Kyle Lafferty, to finish with a one-point advantage over bitter foes Celtic and wrap up the title.

Diouf can now revel in his first league triumph since beginning his football career 13 years ago.

The 30-year-old began his career with French side Sochaux before going on to play for a handful of clubs including English duo Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers and heavyweights Liverpool.

Diouf, who caught the eyes with some dazzling displays with Senegal during their surprise run to the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals, hardly replicated such heroics afterwards and was repeatedly vilified for misconduct, on and off the pitch.

Looking way past his best, he joined Rangers from English Premier League side Blackburn Rovers on a loan deal last January.

Controversy remained attached to him, but this time he was on the receiving end of an ugly racist taunt during the Old Firm derby between Rangers and Celtic in February. A 19-year-old Celtic supporter was jailed for three months after he taunted Diouf as he took a corner kick.

Diouf scored just one league goal but played a key role in helping Rangers win the Premier League and League Cup.

"I want to fulfil the dreams of everyone connected with Rangers by helping them win the title,” he told SkySports two days ago.

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