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Rangers owner Whyte remaining confident despite Champions League exit

Rangers owner Craig Whyte is not downcast after the Glasgow giants were prematurely dumped from the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The reigning Scottish champions were unable to overcome Swedish outfit Malmo in a two-legged play-off, losing 2-1 on aggregate, and forcing them into the Europa League draw.

Whyte says he will try to remain positive but made it clear to 'Gers fans that he had so far held up his end of the bargain after taking over late last season.

"The result in Malmo was unfortunate, but we are looking forward. We've got offers in for quite a few players at the moment," he said.

"We've also still got the spine of the side that won the title last season.

"I've done what I said I would do. I've extended players' contracts.

"We've so far signed three new players. We've got five or six other players we've re-signed, which is just as important.

"I've delivered everything I said I would.

"That is the message I want to get across, and I will continue to do that.

"We are speaking here on August 4. Who had Rangers signed this time last season? No one.

"We signed James Beattie on something like August 13 - and Nikica Jelavic around August 20.

"We've had an earlier start to the season this year, but Rangers have done much more this time than in any season before.

"So I think the criticism is completely unjustified. We are all working really hard to make this work. That is the bottom line.

"Will we have a strong squad in place by end of August? Absolutely. Of course we will."

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