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Little: I want to stay aand impress at Rangers

By Lisa Gray

Andrew Little admits he thought about leaving Rangers amid the financial cutbacks — but preferred to grab his long-awaited chance in the first team.

The striker netted on his first SPL start of the season as Rangers won 4-1 at Inverness last month.

The 22-year-old has endured hip and knee injuries over the past 18 months and did not want to leave Ibrox before making his mark.

The Northern Ireland international said: “It certainly went through my head (to leave) and I'm sure a few of the others who are out of contract thought the same.

“But for me the biggest factor was I've had an awful time with injuries lately and now I'm finally getting my chance at Rangers.

“The gaffer has gladly given me my chance and I have really enjoyed playing in the last two games. I'm feeling good.

“I couldn't say goodbye to that. I've been dying to get my chance at Rangers ever since I arrived here five and a half years ago.

“Now that I'm getting a proper shot at the team, there was no chance I was just going to turn away and leave.

“You obviously don't want your chance to come in the situation we are in which is as bad as it is.

“But things have maybe worked for me in that sense. I feel I really need to grab this chance and I've done okay in my first couple of games, but now I need to do that consistently.”

Gers boss Ally McCoist always maintained there was no split among the players in the cost-cutting negotiations but there is no question some members of the first team squad could seek a new challenge in the summer.

Northern Ireland skipper Steven Davis could be set to return to the Premier League with his old club Aston Villa waiting to swoop.

The 27-year-old, who also had a spell at Fulham, said: “You can never say for sure what’s going to happen. I’ve always said I’d like another crack at it in England.

“I enjoyed it down there and it’s probably the best league in the world. There’s so much quality and so much money being invested.”

Lafferty is also expected to leave Ibrox in the summer with Championship side Middlesbrough showing an interest.

Meanwhile, Campbell Ogilvie has vowed to continue in his role as Scottish Football Association president as he insisted he had no role in “drafting or administering” player contracts at Rangers after the mid-1990s.

Ogilvie has come under pressure after the SFA and then the Scottish Premier League vowed to investigate the alleged non-disclosure of payments to Rangers players during his spell at Ibrox.

The former Rangers company secretary confirmed he had been a member of the Employee Benefit Trust (EBT) scheme, which was the subject of a tax tribunal in January and could cost the Ibrox club £49m. Ogilvie moved to clarify his role at the club and insisted he would “look forward to new and exciting challenges ahead at the Scottish FA”. Ogilvie spoke out after his position was questioned given the ongoing investigation into Rangers' financial affairs.

In a statement published on the SFA's website, Ogilvie said: “In light of today's comments by (former Rangers owner) Sir David Murray, and the ongoing speculation surrounding my role as president of the Scottish FA and my previous employment as a director of Rangers FC, I would like to take this opportunity to clarify the following points.

“I was aware of the EBT scheme in operation at Rangers during my time at the club and, indeed, was a member. The existence of the scheme was published in Rangers' annual accounts.

“My role at Rangers, until the mid-90s, included finalising the paperwork for player registrations.

“As confirmed by Sir David Murray today, it was never my role to negotiate contracts during my time at Rangers.

“It is also worth noting that, since the mid-90s, I was not responsible for the drafting or administering of player contracts.

“I ceased being company secretary in 2002 and became general secretary responsible for football strategy, in effect becoming the main point of contact between the club and the respective league and governing bodies.

“In relation to the recent investigation, I can confirm that I asked to be excluded from the Scottish FA's independent inquiry into Rangers.

“In the interests of good governance it was absolutely right that this was the case.”

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