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Smith has no plans to sell in-form Rangers stars

Rangers manager Walter Smith has said he would not welcome bids for any of his players following renewed speculation that Manchester United are interested in goalkeeper Allan McGregor.

He has been in fine form for both club and country this season and impressed again despite conceding three times as Rangers suffered their first Champions League defeat of the campaign in Valencia in midweek.

The 28-year-old has been linked with a move to Old Trafford already this term and reports have resurfaced that Sir Alex Ferguson could be set to make a swoop, 24 hours after Rangers secured back-up goalkeeper Neil Alexander on a new deal.

But Smith claims he has no intention of losing any of his players.

He said: “We are delighted to have two good goalkeepers.

“But, because we have re-signed one of them, I don't think that should indicate that there is any speculation surrounding the other.

“If we were to lose any other players, we would end up with none. We've got a decent group of players and we've got a small group of players, as we keep saying.

“You talk about putting them in the shop window or players leaving but we can't afford to let any players leave. We just have to keep going.”

McGregor is not the only Rangers player to have impressed in recent months.

Steven Naismith has also earned plaudits for his performances both domestically and on the European stage, as well as with the Scotland national team.

But Smith is not interested in speculation linking Naismith, or anyone else, with a move away from Ibrox until formal bids arrive.

He said: “Speculation is what it is. Maybe it suits the media but it's not actually what's happening.”

Alexander penned a new deal that keeps him at Rangers until 2013, even though he acknowledges he is likely to continue as second choice while McGregor remains with the Scottish champions.

Rangers travel to St Mirren tomorrow hoping to return to winning ways after drawing with Inverness last weekend and losing to Valencia on Tuesday night.

Smith said: “We had a lot of tough games in the early part of the season and we had late goals in a few of the games to win them so we don't need any reminding about how tough it is.

“It's always difficult. We know we've got to do exceptionally well to win our matches. That's what we will try to do on Sunday and what we try to do in every game.”

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