Little set for Rangers deal

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Andrew Little was a prolific scorer for Rangers last term
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Andrew Little was a prolific scorer for Rangers last term

Andrew Little could join former Hearts pair Craig Beattie and Ian Black in signing for Rangers newco as manager Ally McCoist prepares to take advantage of a temporary transfer embargo reprieve.

Ibrox chief executive Charles Green revealed Little was set to sign a contract, while the club confirmed free agents Beattie and Black had both trained at Murray Park on Tuesday.

Northern Ireland striker Little was a regular goalscorer after Rangers went into administration in February as he shook off previous injury problems. The 23-year-old, whose contract with Rangers expired at the end of last season, looks set to join the newco club if it secures membership of the Scottish Football Association.

Ibrox chief executive Charles Green told RangersTV: "Andrew Little is coming back to the club. We've agreed terms with him and hopefully he will re-sign tomorrow (Wednesday). So I think people will see Rangers coming out of the mire, as it were, and there is a lot of confidence around the club."

Little earlier gave his own update to his followers on Twitter. He said: "Sorry I haven't been able to say much lately but hopefully get things sorted very soon and get back to football!!"

Green is optimistic of securing SFA membership in the next 24 hours. And, although accepting a 12-month transfer embargo handed to Rangers in April is one of the stipulations, the ban will not kick in until the start of September.

Green added: "Alastair has a list of players and he has been speaking to some of them. Obviously until we have SFA membership he can't sign any of them. He has two or three he wants to bring in this week and start training with the squad.

"We have a number of other targets lined up and it's up to Ally to decide. He picks the ones on the field and I pick the ones in the office. The difficulty we have is that we are playing in the Third Division."

Such a prospect does not appear to overly concern Beattie and Black, who both made their last appearance for Hearts in the William Hill Scottish Cup final thrashing of Hibernian, before leaving Tynecastle amid cost-cutting measures.

Green said: "I think it's testimony to the manager. Rangers is a name but it's also the manager that the players want to come and play for."

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