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Rangers manager Michael Beale said the club were talking to “three or four other” players and suggested they may be considering defensive reinforcements.
The Ibrox boss has denied suggestions of a pre-contract deal with either player.
“There’s noise around one or two players, things sprouting arms and legs that might not be so true,” he said.
“They’re not the only ones we talk to. I love them, the club loves them, we’ve been clear on that, but they’re playing for someone else and if they don’t want to sell they don’t want to sell. don’t. I don’t want to sell.
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“We’re busy in the background. I’ve talked a lot today about the last third being quite busy, nobody really understood me saying the other end of the pitch could be where we strengthen .
“There are three or four more we are talking about and if the deal is right now we will do it. If the deal is not good we will move on to the summer – with the contractual situation, it opens to gain space in the team.”
While Beale is keen to strengthen his pool, he is adamant that he will only bring in players who are suitable for Rangers.
“Our team is strong enough to get to the end of the season,” he explained. “It’s not like I’m going to be devastated next week if we don’t get another one. There’s money to be spent, but it’s there to be spent on the good ones.”
Ianis Hagi is in the squad for Saturday’s Scottish Premiership game against St Johnstone after a year away and Beale is delighted with the depth and variety of the Romanian playmaker’s return – as well as the signing of Cantwell -.
Defender John Souttar isn’t quite ready to get involved while striker Kemar Roofe is set to return to training.
“I’m thrilled to have Ianis back, he looks really strong,” Beale said. “He’s not ready for 90 minutes but to have Ianis and Todd in the squad I’m a really happy manager.
“Ianis and I are very close. He’s a special youngster, as a professional and as a kid. Bringing him back is huge.
“All of a sudden we’re starting to feel like we have numbers on the pitch and good variety. There’s not much missing in the final third if they’re all fit and happy.”
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