Smith sticking with squad
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Walter Smith has ruled out making any more signings before Wednesday.Rangers manager Walter Smith has ruled out making any more signings before Wednesday.
Smith has just 48 hours left to add to his eight signings before the UEFA Champions League transfer deadline.
However, the Gers boss has decided he will go into the second qualifying round with the current squad at his disposal.
Rangers were chasing Kilmarnock striker Steven Naismith, but Smith is now not expecting any activity in the coming days.
"All our concentration has to be on the Champions League game, that is the biggest game for us, so there is not anything else on the outside we'll let bother us at this moment," he said.
"The ones we've got are the ones we're going to have to go into the games with and we're happy to go in with the players we've got at the present moment."
Rangers have, however, handed a trial to Republic of Ireland striker Joseph Lapira, who plays for Baton Rouge Capitals.
The 20-year-old made his international debut for Steve Staunton's side in May's friendly against Ecuador.
Lapira was expected to join Aberdeen on trial sometime this summer, but Rangers have pinched in to bring him to Scotland first.
Meanwhile, Smith has given a positive update on midfielder Kevin Thomson, who collapsed in a friendly against Falkirk on Saturday.
There were fears Thomson could miss the start of the new SPL season, but he will be back in time for next week's Champions League game.
"Kevin has an ear infection, he's on antibiotics and it'll clear up in a few days," Smith added.
"I hope he'll be available for the weekend and, if not, certainly the Champions League game."