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David Weir unfazed by delay to bid for Rangers


Weir keen on playing not coaching

By John Barnes

Rangers captain David Weir does not believe the uncertainty over a possible bid for the club from Andrew Ellis will have a bearing on his future at Ibrox.

"Time isn't really a factor for me. I just want to do the right thing for me and the club," said the 40-year-old, who is out of contract in the summer.

"The bid will take time and we will just take it as it comes."

On Tuesday, the Rangers chairman Alastair Johnston criticised Ellis for the delay in preparing his proposal.

Weir believes he is capable of playing for another year for Rangers but says the decision will be the manager's.

The centre-half played in every minute of the Ibrox club's successful defence of the Scottish Premier League title and is confident that he could contribute to the team next season.

My priority is at Rangers. They have been good to me and I've enjoyed every minute

Rangers captain David Weir

"I feel I am able, but it's whether the manager thinks I am able to do it that will be the main factor," said the veteran.

"I enjoyed playing last season and look forward to playing again next season."

He admits that the chance to play Champions League football again is a major draw to his staying on at the Glasgow club.

"That's a big attraction for any player and I am no different," the former Everton defender said.

"But I've got to be realistic as well and be fair to myself and to the club, so there are a few decisions to be made."

Having worked towards gaining his coaching badges, Weir is likely to move into a non-playing role in the near future.

However, for the time being, Weir told BBC Scotland he is not considering switching to such a position or moving to another club and that he will give his current employer first refusal on his services.

"I don't want to explore any avenues like that," he said.

"My priority is at Rangers. They have been good to me and I've enjoyed every minute, so I'll try and get that sorted out before I start worrying about anything else. I'll give them every opportunity."

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Trio destined for Ibrox departure
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Wilson to complete Liverpool move
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Alexander wants new Rangers deal
07 May 10 |  Rangers
Gers boss irked by Ellis comments
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Group mulls over Rangers takeover
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