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Neil Alexander hopes for new Rangers deal

Rangers goalkeeper Neil Alexander
Alexander is back in the startling line-up with Rangers

Goalkeeper Neil Alexander hopes to sign a new deal with Rangers once the club's own future has been resolved.

The 32-year-old has already held provisional talks with manager Walter Smith and indicated he would like to remain at Ibrox.

Alexander has so far been unable to establish himself as first choice.

But he said: "I've got another year left on my contract and the manager spoke to me just before January and he's keen to extend my contract."

Alexander will be in goal for the final game of the season against Motherwell after Allan McGregor was ruled out of action for around six weeks with medial ligament damage.

But Smith's own position with Rangers is uncertain as he continues to operate without a contract as the Scottish champions seek a new owner.

If I knew that Allan was going to stay and there was a guarantee of first-team football at a good club at a good level somewhere else then it would be something I would have to consider

Rangers goalkeeper Neil Alexander

"We had a chat and he wants me to stay on," said Alexander. "I told him that I'm happy to be here and would be delighted to sign a new deal.

"We have to wait for things to happen in other areas for the contract to go through and then I'll sit down properly and discuss it and try to get it signed.

"I've said all along that I love it here and I'm very happy here.

"Obviously it's frustrating at times not playing, but to be part of a squad winning titles, winning trophies, playing in the Champions League - it's fantastic to be a part of that."

However, Alexander admits he could be lured away from the Scottish champions if McGregor remains at Rangers beyond the current campaign and he is made an attractive offer from elsewhere.

"I'm really happy here and keen to stay, but never say never," he said.

"If I knew that Allan was going to stay and there was a guarantee of first-team football at a good club at a good level somewhere else then it would be something I would have to consider."

McGregor is seen as one of Rangers biggest assets and has been tipped for a possible summer departure, which could pave the way for Alexander to stake a claim for the gloves.

"If it happened, I would love the manager to give me a run in the team and a chance to be number one, but I can't think like that because it might not happen," said the former Cardiff City goalkeeper.

"If it does happen then I wish Allan all the best because he is a fantastic goalkeeper and he has been absolutely magnificent for Rangers.

"But Rangers will want to keep their best players if possible and Allan is one of the best players, so I'm sure the manager would want to keep hold of him."

Meanwhile, Rangers have confirmed that McGregor, who was carried off after just five minutes of Tuesday's 2-1 defeat by Celtic, will be fit for pre-season training.

Manager Walter Smith said: "Allan has a medial ligament strain. In the normal run of things, that would keep him out for six weeks, so he will be ready for pre-season training."



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