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Rangers manager Ally McCoist waiting patiently for Pandza

By Lisa Gray

Rangers manager Ally McCoist has not yet given up hope of landing Boris Pandza.

The 26-year-old Bosnian international centre-back has been the subject of protracted talks stretching back a number of weeks and McCoist says the player is still on his wanted list.

He said: “Not all transfers are clear-cut and can get done in 24 hours. This one is obviously taking a little bit of time, but I would still be very hopeful.

“I would like another centre-back and I would like to get another forward as well because I think we are a little bit sparse in those areas.”

McCoist also wants to add another goalkeeper to challenge Cammy Bell for the gloves.

Steve Simonsen has been training with the squad, along with former Everton midfielder Sam Kelly.

“Both of them are here for another week,” McCoist said.

“The fact that they're back for another week would indicate they are doing well and we're happy to have them for another week.

“In terms of offering something longer term, it will probably be Thursday or Friday before we know any more on that.”

Rangers head into the Ramsdens Cup second round tie against Berwick Rangers tonight on a high following Friday's 6-0 thrashing of Airdrie in the Scottish League One on Friday.

McCoist said: “If I could get a repeat of Friday's game, I would be delighted.

“Berwick have posed us one or two problems in the past and they have started the season reasonably well.

“We go back to last year's side in the respect that we can't play any of our new faces.”

Rangers must wait until September 1, when a transfer embargo is lifted, to register their eight new players.

Competition rules restrict them from fielding trialists beyond the first round of the Ramsdens Cup so Jon Daly and Nicky Law — both on the scoresheet at Airdrie — are ineligible for the visit of the Wee Rangers.

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