Smith looking to strengthen
Walter Smith is still hoping to bring new players to Ibrox after completing the capture of Madjid Bougherra.
Last Updated: 01/08/08 5:41pm
Rangers manager Walter Smith is still hoping to bring new players to Ibrox after completing the capture of Madjid Bougherra from Charlton.
West Brom had looked set to sign the Algerian but Rangers won the chase on Thursday night as they signed him a four-year deal.
Smith has expressed his delight at landing a player who can operate both at centre-back and in midfield, but he has set his sights on more reinforcements.
"We have been looking around to try to get people for the right areas of the pitch that we want to improve on," Smith explained.
"The good thing about Madjid is that he can play in two positions, which is an important factor for us.
"But we are still looking around to add one or two to the squad.
"We are delighted to add Madjid our squad. He is a player who came highly recommended to us and we had a good look at him last year.
"It took us a little bit of time to get the deal in place but we have done so now."
Rangers were held to a goalless draw by FBK Kaunas on Wednesday but will be looking to secure victory in the second leg to book a clash against Aalborg or Modrica in the next qualifying round.
Smith is fully aware though, that it is growing increasingly difficult for Scottish clubs to compete financially with the best in Europe.
He said: "The financial gap has been there now - and it's apparent it has been there now - for a number of years. It's just something that we have to get on with.
"I don't think it's stopping us from competing, if you look at Celtic qualifying out the group stages of the Champions League two years in a row and ourselves getting to the Uefa Cup final last year.
"We have shown that we are able to compete but, on financial terms, we can't and we know that. That's something that has to be accepted by everyone and we just have to get on with it."