Rangers chief Walter Smith insists it is "premature" to claim that West Ham utility player Christian Dailly is on his way to Ibrox.

Reports suggested that the 34-year-old could be moving to Rangers to counterbalance the departure of stopper Ugo Ehiogu to Sheffield United.

He said: "I think it is a bit premature in the sense that, with Ugo Ehiogu leaving, people are putting two and two together and thinking that we need cover.

"But we have Andy Webster and Steven Smith returning.

"They have both been out for a long spell and we are adequately covered there.

"If we were to lose another player or two we would maybe need to look at bringing in someone else to keep our squad up to size for the number of games we have coming up in the next few weeks.

"If we made that decision, he (Dailly) would come into consideration but that is as far as we can go at the present moment."