Rangers release Buffel

Rangers have released Thomas Buffel a year before the end of his contract to allow the Belgian forward a chance to rebuild his career at Cercle Brugge in his homeland.

Buffel joined Rangers in January 2005 for £2.3 million, but after an initially successful spell he became a peripheral figure at Ibrox, partly as a result of a knee injury that required surgery last year.

The 27-year-old has signed a two-year deal with Cercle Brugge.