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Ally McCoist says Rangers’ public fall could help club sign new players

Ally McCoist. Picture: SNS

Ally McCoist. Picture: SNS

RANGERS boss Ally McCoist has claimed that the club’s fall from grace could help attract players to Ibrox.

The news of Rangers’ liquidation and move to the Third Division has attracted worldwide interest, with foreign media present at press conferences and games this season.

And McCoist hopes that the exposure can help boost the club in its attempts to restock the playing squad ahead of the lifting of a registration embargo in September.

McCoist told Rangers’ website: “We’ve got a massive list of players from all over the world which we are looking over at the moment.

“We’re keeping on top of the SPL players because we’d be crazy not to but we’re looking far outwith that as well.

“We’ve had camera crews and journalists here from all over the world and what is happening here has very much become a global story.

“I don’t think that has done us any harm in the respect of trying to get players in here because we are very much at the forefront of people’s news and views.

“It’s up to us to utilise that. That has shown with one or two agents we are just touching base with to keep in touch with their players and there has certainly been a keenness from them to come here.”

Meanwhile, chief executive Charles Green has restated his desire to pursue former players who refused to transfer to his newco Rangers in the summer.

Rangers are seeking compensation after Allan McGregor, Kyle Lafferty, Jamie Ness, Steven Naismith, Steven Whittaker and Sone Aluko quit Ibrox for moves to Besiktas, Sion, Stoke City, Everton, Norwich City and Hull City respectively.

A meeting took place on Monday at Hampden to discuss jurisdiction on the case and Green says he was encouraged by the talks.

He told RangersTV: “From our side it went as well as we could have expected. From the other side I’m sure they will be disappointed.

“Clearly they wanted the commission to throw it out and rule that the SFA had no jurisdiction because the whole process of the first meeting was about jurisdiction.

“It is still my position that these players breached their contracts and we are going to pursue them.”

 

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