McCoist seeking further signings

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Rangers manager Ally McCoist wants to strengthen his squad

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Rangers manager Ally McCoist wants to strengthen his squad

Rangers manager Ally McCoist remains on the lookout for new signings with two weeks left before a one-year transfer embargo kicks in.

McCoist has signed Dean Shiels, Francisco Sandaza, Kevin Kyle, Ian Black and Brazilian defender Emilson since his club secured a Scottish Football Association licence. Brazilian midfielder Andre Moritz ended a trial spell this week after declining the chance to take part in a closed-door game against Hamilton but other hopefuls remain.

McCoist told "I keep going on about the maths but we do need bodies in. There is no doubt about that, especially with the transfer embargo."

He added: "We've brought four or five lads in to have a look at and to let them take a look at us and at Murray Park and we'd be hopeful that one or two will impress and we can add them to the squad.

"We're looking everywhere, in defence and in midfield. I keep telling everyone, and I make no apology for it, that it's a total transformation of the team and the squad in the space of a year. We've lost 23 or 24 players and will possibly lose more so we need players in all positions."

McCoist is likely to lose at least one more with Maurice Edu looking for a new club but Carlos Bocanegra and Dorin Goian have both played Rangers' opening Scottish Football League games.

McCoist, whose team host East Stirlingshire in the their first Irn-Bru Third Division game at Ibrox on Saturday, added: "We don't want anyone to leave but I have asked them if they are going to, to let me know as soon as possible. That would be a better situation.

"We don't want anyone to leave, so it's not ideal but we can't have it both ways. We don't get windows where you only bring people in."

McCoist hopes to have Emilson available to play soon.

"Already in training we can see him gradually getting stronger and fitter," he said. "He's another one that hasn't played much but has had a personal trainer to keep himself in shape. We all know that playing the game is a completely different thing and a different level of fitness, so hopefully when we get him some game time he'll progress as well."

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