Falkirk warn Gers over Gow
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Falkirk boss John Hughes has warned Rangers Alan Gow will not be sold on the cheap.
Falkirk boss John Hughes has warned Rangers they will have to up their bid for Alan Gow if they want to sign him this month.
Rangers saw a £100,000 bid for Gow rejected on Thursday as new boss Walter Smith looks to make his first signing since returning to Ibrox.
Gow is considering his future at Falkirk with his current contract due to expire at the end of the season.
A number of clubs are thought to be chasing Gow including two Premiership clubs, while Wolves have also seen a bid turned down.
Hughes says he is no rush to sell Gow and insists only an offer in the region of £500,000 would make him think about letting him go.
"We don't have to sell him," said Hughes. "We're desperate to keep him.
"If we keep Alan Gow at the club, I'm quite sure we can get to a cup final and he can keep us in the top six. The revenue from that would be worthwhile.
"Our aim is to stay in the SPL and `Gowser' has a big part to play in that.
"If someone wants him, we'd be talking about half a million, maybe a wee bit more. We need to get real."
Hughes admits he faces a fight to keep hold of Gow, who is a boyhood Rangers fan.
"I don't know if Rangers were just testing the water with that offer," added Hughes.
"They're probably aware that Gowser is a Rangers supporter but we hold all the cards.
"He's more than welcome to go and talk to them and sign a pre-contract agreement but, unless we get the money we feel we should get, he will remain at Falkirk until the end of the season."
Meanwhile, Hughes has been named Bank of Scotland Premier League Manager of the Month for December, while Darren Barr has picked up the Young Player award.