Belfast Telegraph

Monday 20 October 2014

McCoist remains upbeat as Zaliukas rejects Rangers

Rangers manager Ally McCoist has admitted defeat in his bid to sign Lithuania centre-back Marius Zaliukas.

The former Hearts captain has failed to accept a contract offered to him by Gers chief executive Craig Mather following a trial at Murray Park more than two weeks ago.

McCoist has said: "Sadly, that deal has gone dead at the moment and I think Marius has one or two other options.

"Craig effectively put an offer to him which wasn't met so we're just about closing that one off at this moment in time."

Rangers had also been in protracted talks with Bosnia-Herzegovina international Boris Pandza but they have confirmed those discussions ended. Pandza last week accused the club of being unprofessional for failing to come up with a concrete offer.

McCoist, who has been lining up with a central defence of Lee McCulloch and Bilel Mohsni, added: "It looks like we'll have to go with what we've got and, to be fair, we've been reasonably solid defensively.

"Hopefully we'll just carry a little bit of luck with injuries and suspensions and we'll see where that takes us.

"We've got options in guys like Sebastien (Faure) and Emilson (Cribari). Big Jig (McCulloch) has been playing at the back with Bilel but there are others too."

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Nightlife galleries

More

Latest Sport News

Stats Centre