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By ESPN Staff

McCoist backs Aluko to shine

Rangers manager Ally McCoist hopes new recruit Sone Aluko will win over fans for his efforts on the pitch rather than his actions off the field.

• Aluko keen to get started

Aluko is likely to have many supporters on side already after contributing personally to the compensation paid to former club Aberdeen in a bid to ensure his move to the Scottish champions did not fall through.

The winger, 22, has already impressed while on trial and McCoist wants him to continue that form into competitive action and help Rangers retain the Scottish Premier League title this season.

He said: "I'm hoping the fans will love him, not just for his off the field behaviour, but, more importantly, his on the field behaviour. Hopefully Sone will give us something a little bit different that we don't have.

"I'm certainly hopeful that he can contribute to our achievement of winning games and help us to retain the championship.''

McCoist refuted suggestions that Aluko paid the full amount owed to the Dons, which, according to reports, was as much as £200,000.

McCoist said: "There has been a little bit of mis-representation of the story in the press. Sone has decided to pay some of the compensation which Aberdeen felt they were due. I think Aberdeen were a little bit upset about it all - in my opinion rightly so. We are a little disappointed with some of the press coverage to be honest.

"There were some tales of his family's life-savings and all that which is nonsense to be quite frank with you. He has decided to help with the contribution to the compensation that Aberdeen believed they were due.

"Two things I would say - I don't think it's that unusual in this day and age and, more importantly, I find it very refreshing that he has chosen to do that and shown a real willingness and desire to come to the club.''

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