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Whyte intent on keeping key players at Rangers

New Rangers owner Craig Whyte insists that he will keep all of the star quality at the Scottish club. The Motherwell-born venture capitalist took over the Glasgow giants on Friday and has already committed to injecting around £25million worth of transfer funds over the next five years.

Whyte has made it clear that he will do everything in his power to retain the current 'Gers stars and will also chat with incoming boss Ally McCoist about targeting some new talent to bring to Ibrox this summer.

The likes of Steven Davis, Madjid Bougherra and Steven Whittaker have their contracts coming to an end but Whyte's comments indicate that those types of players will be retained.

"I want to keep as much of the existing squad together as we possibly can," he said.

"We will look carefully to see if there are better contracts available for players to remain here because I want to keep the best players here and we have the budget to do that.

"I want to sit down with Ally - and I will be doing that this week.

"I want to know what his hopes and aspirations are for the team and what he feels he needs for the team for next season.

"I have said before that we will spend £25m over five years on the playing squad and I need to speak with Ally to see if that needs to be front-ended.

"Maybe we can spend a little bit more for next season if that is necessary.

"As I said I will speak to him about that and see what's happening there.

"The most important thing in the short-term is to win this championship and hopefully we can do that in our remaining matches this season."

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Andrew Slevison
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