Gers warn suitors off keeper
Craig Whyte insists bids for Allan McGregor would need to be 'massive' for Rangers to even consider them.
Last Updated: 23/06/11 5:01pm
Rangers' new owner Craig Whyte insists summer bids for Allan McGregor would need to be 'massive' for the club to even consider them.
McGregor enjoyed a standout season in Scotland and his penalty save in the Old Firm derby proved decisive as Gers retained their title.
The Scotland international has attracted Premier League interest, but as far as Whyte is concerned the 29-year-old will be a Rangers player next season.
However, Whyte acknowledges that every player has his price, although he says potential suitors would need to make a 'massive' offer for them to even consider parting company with his services.
"McGregor is going to be a Rangers player next season," he told Sky Sports News.
"Clearly there are some bids that we have to look out, but it would have to be massive for us to even consider it.
"As far as I'm concerned he's not for sale and will be playing for Rangers next season."
Nikica Jelavic impressed in his debut SPL campaign and he is another Gers star that Whyte insists will not be leaving for pastures new this summer.
"He's a fantastic player," he continued. "I expect him to be a Rangers player next season. I've said no Rangers players are for sale."
Whyte has brought fresh investment to Ibrox and the Scottish tycoon says he will be backing new manager Ally McCoist in the transfer market.
The club are keen on bringing Carlos Cuellar back while the likes of David Goodwillie and Lee Wallace are also firmly on their radar.
"We're keen to get the best players we can get to Ibrox. We're guided by the manager.
"We're doing exactly that at the moment. Ally has got offers in for several players at the moment. We're hoping to announce new signings soon.
"We've got an offer in for Carlos and we'll see what happens. I think there's a deal to be done. Ally wants him and we want to get him.
"We've spoken to Dundee United (about Goodwillie). We'd like him to become a Rangers player and we'll see what the outcome is."
Once of Whyte's first tasks upon taking over was dismissing former board members Alastair Johnson and Paul Murray, however, he felt he was left with no choice.
"I think (the sackings) could have been avoided if people have behaved in a different way.
"There was no choice. If you find certain things you've got to take action. I clearly couldn't work with most of the old Board. They didn't want to work with me. I didn't want to work with them, so they had to go.
"It was disappointing to an extent. Particularly when you talk to them and they say one thing to your face and then go and do something entirely different. I was always prepared, but that proved impossible."