Smith won't rush player exits
Walter Smith is in no rush to decide the futures of two players who have been away from Rangers this term.
Last Updated: 01/01/09 8:54pm
Walter Smith says he is in no rush to decide the futures of two players who have been away from Rangers on loan this season.
A number of players have spent time away from Ibrox this term, including Andy Webster at Bristol City and Alan Gow at Blackpool.
Webster has made just two Championship starts for City due to injury while Gow bagged an impressive five goals for The Seasiders.
Blackpool have tabled a bid to retain Gow's services permanently, but Smith is keen to see his players in person before deciding if they still have futures with the SPL giants.
"In Andy's case, we put him out on loan to try to get him games so that he could get to a level of fitness that would lead to him returning to our squad," Smith told the club's official website.
"It hasn't worked out like that and he has had a couple of injuries again and hasn't been playing on a regular basis.
"Andy's problem is that we have to get him up to speed because he's had something like two years without regular first-team football.
"He has been lucky to play half a dozen games in that time and it has not been an easy spell for him.
"We will see what happens when he comes back and we'll review the situation then.
"Alan Gow is the same, as are the rest of the players we've had out.
"With these players who are coming to us, as is part and parcel of the transfer window, we'll have to look at a larger group of players and cut it down."
Meanwhile, Steven Naismith believes he will soon be ready to force his way back into the first-team picture at Rangers.
"I'm looking forward to getting fit and getting games and then pushing to get involved in the first team again," he stated.
"I don't feel any different now compared to before. My knee is back to where it was and hopefully it stays that way and I can push on and get some games under my belt."