Smith - Jelavic deal not dead
Walter Smith is refusing to throw in the towel in Rangers' bid to land striker Nikica Jelavic.
Last Updated: 06/08/10 1:57pm
Rangers manager Walter Smith is refusing to throw in the towel in the club's bid to land striker Nikica Jelavic.
Gers have been locked in talks this week with Rapid Vienna over the Croatia international and lodged an improved bid.
However, their fresh offer was rejected, leaving chief executive Martin Bain to fly back to Glasgow empty handed.
Some feared that was the end of the club's bid to land Jelavic, but Smith insists talks between the clubs are ongoing.
"Negotiations are ongoing," explained Smith. "They are keen for him to play in their domestic game at the weekend.
"We will hopefully find out one way or another at the start of next week.
"He's a player I think would do a really good job for us. He's a player we have been watching for a while.
"As normal, the club initially weren't too keen to sell him, but then they indicated they would be happy to listen to what we had to say."
Meanwhile, Smith fears talented midfielder John Fleck could be out for anywhere up to six weeks after injuring his hamstring.
The youngster was stretchered off in Wednesday's 2-1 win over Clyde, although Smith had been initially upbeat on the blow.
"Unfortunately he will miss maybe six weeks, up to that anyway," he continued. "Hopefully we will get him back before then.
"It's disappointing because he has been playing well in pre-season."