Smith eyes 'one or two' new faces at Ibrox

August 23, 2007

Rangers manager Walter Smith has predicted there will be more comings and goings at Ibrox before the transfer window closes at the end of August.

The Ibrox boss has overseen the departures of striker Filip Sebo on a year-long loan deal to French side Valenciennes and midfielder Ian Murray, who is poised to join Norwich after being released.

Despite admitting his player pool is bursting at the seams, Smith is keen to strengthen several positions in his side.

Speaking at the club's annual general meeting, Smith said: 'We have a squad of 27 players but it is too big to keep everyone happy.

'With the under-21 rule in place that means we need to rotate the squad or try to achieve a balance in terms f making sure players get the required number of games.

'So having a huge squad of players is not of major benefit to us.

'We would obviously like to add one or two players before the end of the transfer window as there are a couple of positions where I feel we are a bit light.

'To do that we will have to rid ourselves of one or two others.

'Sebo and Ian Murray are now gone and a few others may go within the week. Again, that may not be of our making if someone comes along with an offer.'

Smith was also keen to dispel suggestions made by one shareholder that left-back Steven Smith may struggle to recover from a long-term injury.

The Light Blues chief admitted that defender Smith, who turns 22 next week, will not make his comeback from a problematic groin injury until all the medical staff are satisfied.

Smith added: 'We have been extra careful with him as he has had one or two problems that have plagued him throughout his short career.

'He will return to training within the next two or three weeks and we will give him plenty of time to make sure everything settles down.

'The specialists, physios and doctors are all extremely upbeat that Steven will rid himself of the problems he has had.

'On a personal basis, from what I have seen in the last few weeks I have no doubts he will return.'