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I’ll make Lafferty a Rangers great: McCoist

Ally McCoist admits Kyle Lafferty is far from the finished article but wants the striker to continue his development at Rangers.

The Ibrox boss confirmed discussions over a new deal are now under way after chairman Craig Whyte held talks with Lafferty's representatives yesterday.

Lafferty has experienced ups and downs during his time at Ibrox so far but McCoist is adamant he has progressed as a player since his move from Burnley in 2008.

The manager said: “There is still big room for improvement and we would look for more consistency.

“Kyle has done absolutely fine but we are aware that he can do more and Kyle is aware that he can do more and hopefully he can do more here.

“There has definitely been progress, I don't think there is any doubt about that. It's our job to continue that progress.

“I think Kyle himself would tell you he's far away from the finished article.

“The coaches and Kyle himself need to keep working in that direction for him to continue the improvement.”

McCoist (pictured) added: “I know Craig spoke to Kyle's agent yesterday and I haven't had the chance to speak to Craig or Kyle today.

“I'll maybe have a chat with Kyle on the bus [to Aberdeen] and I know I'll speak to Craig. Hopefully there won't be too many problems.”

Another player who could be extending his stay at Rangers is promising young defender Jordan McMillan.

McCoist said: “We have offered Jordan an extension to his contract. As yet, Jordan's representatives haven't got back so I haven't heard but I would imagine we would hear in the very near future.”

Next up for Rangers is today's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash at Aberdeen and McCoist is relishing the prospect of going head to head with his former Scotland boss Craig Brown.

He said: “If you had asked me in 1996 if we would be facing each other as managers, I would maybe have laughed. But it's great, it's absolutely great.

“The reason Craig and Archie Knox are there at this stage is because they are very good.”

McCoist took over the Ibrox hotseat from Walter Smith in the summer and was asked about the prospect of carving out a managerial career as long as 71-year-old Brown's.

He said: “It would be remarkable. It would be unbelievable in fact. There are only a handful of coaches and managers who last until their 60s and 70s.

“They've obviously got something. You don't last that long if you're not very talented.

“It's very early in my own career so I wouldn't speculate.”

Rangers head into the match at Pittodrie with a run of 13 consecutive away wins in the SPL under their belt and seeking to extend the winning streak.

The Light Blues boss said: “It will be really tested tomorrow, that's for sure.

“Aberdeen at Pittodrie is a notoriously difficult fixture for us and they have been playing with a lot more confidence and belief.

“They look as though they are threatening and scoring goals. They are certainly a difficult opponent away from home.

“Our away form in terms of defending has been very good but it will be put to the fullest test tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, Andrew Little has been told he will be out of action for around six weeks following a scan on his injured knee yesterday.

The Ulsterman suffered a medial ligament strain while on loan at Port Vale and is now back at Murray Park for his rehabilitation.

“It was reassuring to get confirmation of the extent of the problem and I'm hoping I will be back in six weeks,” said Little, who hopes to make a loan return to Port Vale when fit.

“I will be on crutches for a wee while and I will need a brace too but the work starts now about getting things sorted out.

“It's a case of the injury healing and thankfully I'm working with great people at Murray Park so hopefully everything goes well.”

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