McCoist eyes more reinforcements

McCoist has signed Dean Shiels, Francisco Sandaza, Kevin Kyle,

Ian Black and Brazilian defender Emilson since his club secured a

Scottish Football Association licence.

Brazilian midfielder Andre Moritz ended a trial spell this week

after declining the chance to take part in a closed-door game

against Hamilton but other hopefuls remain.

McCoist told “I keep going on about the

maths but we do need bodies in. There is no doubt about that,

especially with the transfer embargo.

“We’ve brought four or five lads in to have a look at and to let

them take a look at us and at Murray Park and we’d be hopeful that

one or two will impress and we can add them to the squad.

“We’re looking everywhere, in defence and in midfield. I keep

telling everyone, and I make no apology for it, that it’s a total

transformation of the team and the squad in the space of a


“We’ve lost 23 or 24 players and will possibly lose more so we

need players in all positions.”

McCoist is likely to lose at least one more with Maurice Edu

looking for a new club but Carlos Bocanegra and Dorin Goian have

both played Rangers’ opening Scottish Football League games.

McCoist, whose team host East Stirlingshire in the their first

Irn-Bru Third Division game at Ibrox on Saturday, added: “We don’t

want anyone to leave but I have asked them if they are going to, to

let me know as soon as possible. That would be a better


“We don’t want anyone to leave, so it’s not ideal but we can’t

have it both ways. We don’t get windows where you only bring people


McCoist hopes to have Emilson available to play soon.

“Already in training we can see him gradually getting stronger

and fitter,” he said.

“He’s another one that hasn’t played much but has had a personal

trainer to keep himself in shape.

“We all know that playing the game is a completely different

thing and a different level of fitness, so hopefully when we get

him some game time he’ll progress as well.”