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Rangers reluctant to sell Kenny Miller

By Alasdair Lamont

Rangers striker Kenny Miller
Miller scored his 19th goal of the season against Bursaspor on Tuesday

Rangers manager Walter Smith wants to hold on to Kenny Miller for at least the rest of the season.

However, he admits the club's financial situation means an offer for any player has to be considered.

Smith says negotiations continue with Miller with a view to extending the striker's stay at Ibrox.

"We don't have to transfer anyone at the present moment but we are still susceptible to an offer for some of our players," he said.

Miller's current deal expires in the summer and he has so far failed to agree new terms with the club he rejoined from Derby County in the summer of 2008.

That means he can sign a pre-contract agreement with another club from 1 January, which would result in Rangers losing him for nothing in the summer.

Should they receive an offer for him in January, they could cash in on the Scotland international, but would lose his services for the remainder of the season, something Smith is loathe to do.

"Kenny has played exceptionally well for us," Smith added.

"His goals this season have been highlighted but he scored a good number of goals for us last year as well so is not a player that we would want to lose.

"We are quite clear, we don't want to lose any player."

Allan McGregor is another player whose form has resulted in increased speculation about his future, though his contract does not expire for another year.

"You have two different situations here. Kenny Miller is freedom of contract at the end of the year but Allan McGregor is not," Smith continued.

"But we have been operating under these circumstances for the last two years. When a transfer window comes around, be it the summer or winter, we are under that pressure that if someone comes in, we have to look at the offers they make.

"We have to handle that but we are getting to the stage where, after dropping down on numbers we have in the group, we can't drop much further.

"We certainly hope we don't have to lose anybody in the transfer window but we just have to wait and see.

"We've had three or four transfer windows where nothing really has happened apart from transfers that we have had to make to decrease the squad.

"But we have not received a bid for any player so far and I certainly hope that's the way it will continue."

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