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Rangers manager Walter Smith looks to bring in loan duo

Smith hopes for loan players

Rangers manager Walter Smith is hoping to use the money generated by Kenny Miller's departure for Bursaspor to fund the signing of two loan players.

The Ibrox boss would like to add a defender and a striker to his squad, the latter to compensate for the loss of their top scorer to the Turks.

"We've got the money to bring in a couple of players on loan, which would mean a wage," said Smith.

"Transfer fees are probably outwith our capability at the moment."

Smith, though, was showing no signs of panic at his weekly media conference at the lack of new faces so far in the January transfer window.

We have players who are capable of filling the void that Kenny has left

Rangers manager Walter Smith

"We've got a decent squad here. In the early part of the season we thought we were short, but a lot of our younger players have come in and have shown they can handle playing without a detriment to our results.

"We could maybe just be doing with a player or two to take the pressure off us in terms of injury and suspension.

"We will continue to look to see if we can supplement our squad.

"In the game the other night, we were short of defenders, so we need to bring one in, plus we would like a utility-type of forward that can play as a striker."

The Rangers boss paid tribute to Miller, who departed the club after scoring 21 league goals in the current campaign.

"His work-rate was second to none. He has had a great influence on our team over the last few seasons and we are disappointed to lose him," he said.

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"But we've got other players who will hopefully step up to the plate.

"Nikica Jelavic is getting back to fitness, Kyle Lafferty has been playing well for us and John Fleck can come in.

"We have players who are capable of filling the void that Kenny has left."

Smith confirmed that, following Miller's exit to northern Turkey, no further enquiries had been received for any other players.

"We hope that it stays that way," he stated. "We don't need to lose any other players, so hopefully we won't have to."

The club's chief executive, Martin Bain, discussed a new deal with Bosnian left-back Sasa Papac on Thursday, but a contract has not yet been signed.

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