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Turkish side Bursaspor could be about to cash in on Rangers' precarious financial position for the second time in just a few months.

They've been strongly linked with a move for £4 million-rated Allan McGregor, while Galatasaray are also believed to be keen on the Scotland international.

Bursaspor of course raided Rangers in January to land Kenny Miller for £400,000 and could be about to make a return move for McGregor. The 29-year-old, who has previously been tipped to head south to the Premier League, might be contracted to the Govan club for the foreseeable future but he's so far refused to commit himself to a new five-year deal.

That has heightened speculation he is keen to follow in the footsteps of Miller, who is reported to be on a deal worth a staggering £50,000 a week with the Turkish side.

Ally McCoist, who has been confirmed as Walter Smith's successor next season, would rather retain the club's first-choice 'keeper but knows he needs to sell to generate capital and support a rebuilding project.

And with the club still seeking a potential new owner as talks drag on surrounding a takeover bid, it seems an injection of fresh funds will not be forthcoming any time soon.

That could well force McCoist's hand to play ball with Bursaspor, Galatasaray or whoever may come forward with a firm offer for any of his star players. But it seems as if the former are the favourites to land the 'keeper, especially after previously signing his former team-mate Miller.

McCoist will be keen to make his own mark on the Light Blues and has already been tipped to make an approach for Dundee United duo David Goodwillie and Danny Swanson. Any move for the Tannadice pair could well hinge on raising revenue via selling players like McGregor while McCoist also knows he has an able deputy in Neil Alexander ready to take over between the posts.

McCoist, a legendary Rangers striker, has already completed his managerial apprenticeship under Smith for both club and country. However, Smith, who will bow out at the end of the current campaign, has one final piece of vital advice for his long-standing prodigy.

He has warned the future Gers boss to think long and hard about picking the right captain ahead of next season's assault on the title. That could prove trickier than first thought with David Weir continuing to ponder his future.

The central defender, out of contract at the end of the season, will celebrate his 41st birthday in May and has yet to decide whether he'll prolong his playing career.

McCoist has yet to indicate whether he will offer Weir an extension to his existing deal and could be tempted to hand Steven Davis or Lee McCulloch the armband. Appointing McGregor as the new skipper could also be another option in a bid to tempt him to commit his future to the club.

Smith, who has enjoyed two spells in charge of Rangers, has placed his faith in natural leaders like Weir, Richard Gough and Barry Ferguson in the past. He will be more than just an interested spectator to see who McCoist plumps for.

"Naming a new captain will be down to Ally," Smith said. "A skipper needs to be respected by the players, both on the playing side and the personal side. That's an important factor. They also have to represent the club in a proper manner and someone like Lee has that about him. Davis also has it but it's not my call.

"Being captain of Rangers for a long spell is something that should be an honour. It's also an important role within the club. The skipper needs to be able to approach the manager about any dressing room problems. It's especially important if something is brewing.

"I've been lucky to have had boys who have been good skippers and good players at the same time."

It will certainly be an interesting summer ahead at Rangers as not only will there be a new manager in place, there will be at least five faces heading out of the Ibrox revolving door.

Richard Foster, Vladimir Weiss, Kyle Bartley, David Healy and El-Hadji Diouf are all on loan until the end of the season before heading back to their parent clubs, so McCoist will be forced to act quickly to earn his stripes and revamp the Rangers squad - probably on a tight budget unless that takeover comes to fruition.


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