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Shopping giving Rangers manager Smith a real headache

Rangers manager Walter Smith admits he is being priced out of the transfer market.

Smith signed a new one-year deal after agreeing an improved budget to sign players following direct talks with representatives of Lloyds Banking Group.

But the fees being demanded by clubs and players means Smith is struggling to get his targets in as fans await the club's first signing since August 2008.

“Market forces are against us right now and that is happening a lot,” Smith revealed.

“Everyone says we have a small group of players and that we will need to bring new ones in and, of course, that is correct.

“But when we are looking around it's difficult to achieve the balance of getting the level of player you want given the level of finance available. So that is the task that faces us and we will obviously try to bring in the best we possibly can.”

New signings are imperative for Smith after Kris Boyd (pictured) joined Nacho Novo, DaMarcus Beasley and Stevie Smith in leaving the club when the Scotland striker joined Middlesbrough this week.

The Rangers manager hopes to have fresh faces on the plane when his squad flies to Sydney for a pre-season tour on July 20 but he will not rush the process.

“I would hope to have new faces in before we travel to Australia but it is not something we are going to dive into,” the 62-year-old said.

“In the past through different sets of circumstances the club have maybe had to do that and it has not worked out in the right way.”

Meanwhile, Boro manager Gordon Strachan is convinced Boyd can transfer his record-breaking scoring form in Scotland to the English game.

Former Celtic boss Strachan told supporters to expect Boyd to be a major goal threat in the Coca-Cola Championship.

“The chairman has done well and the club has done well to get Kris,” said Strachan.

“We know all about Kris and what he can do. Of course the fans are going to be excited.

“Kris is not a dribbler or a flamboyant player but he is the type of footballer who can score lots of goals.”

Belfast Telegraph