Little urges duo to sign
Andrew Little has urged his Rangers team-mates John Fleck and Danny Wilson to sign new contracts.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 27/01/10 8:27pm
Andrew Little has urged his Rangers team-mates John Fleck and Danny Wilson to sign new contracts and reject the overtures of the Premier League.
The 20-year-old played in the same youth team as the sought-after duo and believes staying at Ibrox would be more beneficial for their careers.
Both have been offered new contracts by the club but as of yet neither have signed, with Fleck rumoured to have rejected the deal.
The forward has since resumed talks after manager Walter Smith made it clear the 18-year-old was unaware that his agent was negotiating a deal on his behalf.
"We want as many of the young boys to stay at Rangers as possible and make successes of themselves here," Little said.
"We have all come through the various youth stages and have won trophies playing in teams at that level.
"The more of us that push into the first-team the better. It would be brilliant to think we can go on to play at the highest level with the guys we've been making friends with over the last few years.
"That's probably not going to happen, but those of us who do get to push on, it's a really big incentive to do well.
Desperate to stay
"In Danny and John's case, there's no denying how desperate I am to see them stay. I know the rest of the players and the fans are the same. I hope they remain here and I'm sure they will."
Little, who came off the bench to steal a last gasp equaliser against Hearts at the weekend, can understand why the duo may be tempted by a move south of the border but insists they would be better off staying put for the time being.
"There are temptations out there," he added.
"English football is a big attraction and the problems in the Scottish game have been well-documented.
"People have to respect that, whatever the two of them decide to do, it's their choice where they end up playing football.
"But I definitely see something in them that tells me they want to be with Rangers. If you move to England you are unlikely to be moving to a team that's going to be playing European football.
"At this stage, and with the way the club is at the moment, this is a great place for players of my age to be if they want to further their careers."