Slovakia international Marian Kello now looks unlikely to complete a summer switch to Ibrox after agreeing a new one-year contract with St Mirren.
Ally McCoist’s hopes of recruiting an experienced goalkeeper for next term have suffered a setback after it was announced that prime target Marian Kello is set to remain with current club St Mirren.
The 31-year-old had reportedly been identified as the ideal stopper to help the Gers back into the Scottish Premiership, following an impressive campaign for the Paisley club.
However, the Light Blues will now have to look to alternative transfer targets after Kello put pen to paper on a new one-year contract with the Buddies.
It comes off the back of a fine campaign with the Saints, during which Kello has kept six clean sheets since arriving at the club less than a year ago.
These impressive displays soon caught the attention of Rangers, with St Mirren moving to tie the Slovakian down to a longer deal, having initially recruited the goalkeeper on a short-term agreement.
Kello will now remain at the club until the summer of 2015, at which point Rangers may launch a second attempt to prise the stopper away from Paisley.
In the meantime, manager Tommy Craig was full of praise for the 31-year-old’s performance this term, describing his efforts as “impressive.”
"Overall, he came here and impressed everyone at the club with his professionalism, and his talent as a goalkeeper is there for everyone to see,” he told the official St Mirren website.
This latest development is nevertheless a blow to Rangers, with the club keen to recruit quality players ahead of a season in the Scottish Championship.
Former fan favourite Carlos Cuellar, for instance, was linked with a move back to Ibrox following his departure from Sunderland.