Rangers manager Ally McCoist has suffered yet another blow after the Scottish Premier League rejected their attempt to sign striker Daniel Cousin.
Rangers announced a deal had been done to sign free agent Cousin on Monday subject to international clearance, but they went into administration 24 hours later, triggering restrictions on registering players with the SPL.
McCoist said he hoped to play Cousin against Kilmarnock but his plan was dashed by an SPL decision.
A statement read: ''The SPL was at 3.26pm today presented with a contract between Daniel Cousin and Rangers FC dated 17 February 2012, signed by the player and by Paul Clark, the joint administrator of The Rangers Football Club plc (in Administration).
''In terms of SPL rule A6.20, the consent of the board of the SPL was required for the registration of the player with the SPL. The board of the SPL declined to give that consent.
''Accordingly the player is not registered with the SPL and is not eligible to play in SPL matches. Rangers FC have the right to appeal this decision to the judicial panel of the Scottish FA.''
The Rangers manager said earlier: ''Daniel Cousin is shellshocked at the moment, like the rest of us.
''At this moment in time he is in the squad for tomorrow and still has an opportunity of getting the signing through. I'm still very hopeful we can get through the bits of red tape.
''The players still want Daniel to come, we still want Daniel to come and the support want Daniel to come. Most importantly, Daniel still wants to be involved here.''
The relevant section of the SPL rules reads: ''A club that has taken, suffered or has been subject to an insolvency event or events shall not be entitled or permitted to register any player with the League and the League shall not register such a player in terms of section D of the rules until such insolvency event or events shall no longer continue or subsist.''