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Wylde wants Weir to stay

Rangers winger Gregg Wylde hopes David Weir stays at Ibrox as he cited the captain as a major influence on his rise to the Ibrox first team.

Weir, who lifted the Scottish Premier League trophy at the age of 41 last month, is yet to announce his future plans but is considering playing on next season.

Rangers manager Ally McCoist held talks with owner Craig Whyte on Friday as they look to rebuild for next season and Wylde is hopeful Weir will be part of those plans.

The 20-year-old, who became a first-team regular in the last three months of the season, said: ''Davie Weir has been really good with me on and off the pitch. He's like a second father to me. He helps me before games and looks after me. If he stays with the club, whether as a player or in a coaching role, it will be a massive boost for us.''

McCoist has a significant planning programme to undertake after the contracts of short-term signings Richard Foster, El-Hadji Diouf, David Healy and Vladimir Weiss expired.

Sasa Papac has signed a new contract but Madjid Bougherra continues to be linked with a move as he approaches the final year of his contract.

Wylde said: ''The boys did really well last year, so guys like Steven Davis and (Nikica) Jelavic will be hard to keep hold of. But if we keep hold of them and add two or three players, we'll have a strong squad.''

Wylde has now played 23 times for Rangers and was a regular from the end of February, starting games including the Co-operative Insurance Cup final win over Celtic and the title-clinching victory at Kilmarnock. His main focus now is retaining that place after Rangers return to training on June 23.

''I'm back down to earth now,'' said Wylde, who was at Hampden today along with 300 primary school pupils taking part in a community programme run by Tesco Bank and the Scottish Football Association.

''Probably for two weeks after we won the league I was still buzzing. But I am quite relaxed now. I was at Alton Towers with the family last week and I'm going on holiday on Friday, then after that I will start from scratch again.

''I have done myself justice this season and hopefully I can make that left-hand side my own. If not, I'll just have to work hard in training. It was quite a surprise what happened last season, getting two medals in such a short space of time. I was happy with my performances.

''I played in hard games against Celtic and PSV Eindhoven and hopefully they will stand me in good stead.''


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