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Rangers reject another bid for Jelavic much to delight of Weir

The demand for Nikica Jelavic just got higher with Rangers recently rejecting a bid from Turkish club Fenerbahce.

The 25-year old Croatian striker was the subject of some hefty bids late in the transfer window with Leicester City and reportedly Liverpool making offers to the Scottish champions.

And it has come to the fore that Fener came in with a bid after the Scottish and English windows closed which was also turned down by 'Gers.

The fact that the club managed to keep hold of Jelavic, who scored 19 goals in 27 appaearances all competitions last term, is a major boost according to club captain David Weir.

"It was vitally important that we kept Nikica at the club," Weird told SunSport.

"It would have sent out the wrong message had he been allowed to leave.

"You saw last season how important he is to the team.

"His goals were vital and played a big part in us retaining the championship.

"So while fans will be a little disappointed more players didn't arrive, it sends out a positive message that we've been able to keep hold of Nikica.

"There isn't a lot of money in the game in Scotland so it's credit to the club that they turned down millions.

"I'm sure the manager would have liked to have added to the squad but it was just as important to keep a player like Nikica.

"I'm sure Nikica won't be affected by it all.

"He is a great lad and his focus will be on getting back to the level he was at last season.

"He is quality and there's no doubt we missed him when he was out injured.

"It would have been a huge blow to lose him before the window closed."

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