Zaliukas rejects offer, McCoist happy to welcome Black back - Rangers morning news

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Also, Lee Wallace on his partnership with Steve Smith.

Rangers have admitted defeat in their attempts to sign former Hearts centre-back Marius Zaliukas according to several reports.

Manager Ally McCoist said the club offered him a deal only for the Greek defender to reject it.

McCoist said: ‘Craig Mather effectively put an offer to him which wasn’t met so we’re just about closing that one off at this moment in time.

‘It looks like we’ll have to go with what we’ve got and to be fair, we’ve been reasonably solid defensively. Hopefully we’ll carry a little bit of luck with injuries and suspensions and we’ll see where that takes us.’

The Rangers boss also doesn’t think there will be any problems in bringing Ian Black back into the team against Stenhousemuir this weekend after he played a match behind closed doors against Partick. Black recently received a ban for breaching betting rules, including betting on matches involving his own team.

McCoist told Rangers TV: ‘All the signs were good there and it’s really important for all our players that as well as keeping their levels of training up, we get them games too.

‘I don’t foresee any problems with Ian coming back in, I genuinely don’t. I think he’s got a very good rapport with the Rangers support and I’d be very hopeful that will continue.’

Lee Wallace believes the presence of fellow left-back Steve Smith in the squad can help continue his good form, according to the Evening Times.

Wallace has played left-back with Smith ahead of him on the wing, and Wallace believes they have struck a good understanding.

He said: ‘It is good that we are both in the team at the moment because we know that we can play beside each other.

‘If I go higher up the park I know he will drop back and cover in for me. That is natural for both of us. It is certainly a plus point.’

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