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Rangers Bid for Cuellar but Won’t Budge on McGregor

Rangers’ new owner Craig Whyte has confirmed that the Scottish champions are hoping to take former SPL Player of the Year Carlos Cuellar back to Ibrox after the Spaniard fell out of favour at Villa Park.

The Gers, to be managed by Ally McCoist next season, have confirmed that an official bid has been made, though the appointment of their ex-boss Alex McLeish has slowed any potential down. The new Villa manager spoke of the fan favourite defender in his first press conference as boss and stated that he was aware of interest from his old employers, but that Carlos, who is currently injured, may well be asked to stay and fight for his place at the club.

The fee for the centre back is unknown though it likely to be significantly less than the £7.8m paid by Martin O’Neill three seasons ago, after Cuellar picked up the gong for the Scottish league’s best player.

In the meantime Whyte revealed that the club were not willing to listen to offers for their first choice keeper from Villa or any other club. The Scotland international has long been touted as a target for Villa and was thought to have been rated highly by the previous management, with rumours suggesting that McLeish would push through with their liking of the stopper in order to replace veteran Brad Friedel after the new boss claimed a new number 1 was the main priority in the transfer window.

Whyte stated:

“I’ve said that Allan is not for sale. We have not been approached by anybody about him.

“We’ve made a bid for Cuellar but, with their managerial change, it has slowed there a bit.”

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