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Rangers still hopeful of signing Jelavic

Rangers boss Walter Smith has not given up hope of signing Rapid Vienna striker Nikica Jelavic and expects a final decision next week. Rangers chief executive Martin Bain failed to seal a deal for the Croatia international after flying to Austria this week, but Smith today revealed that talks were continuing.

"Negotiations are ongoing," Smith said. "They are keen for him to play in their domestic game at the weekend.

"We will hopefully find out one way or another at the start of next week."

The 24-year-old scored 21 goals last season, including three against Celtic in the Europa League.

Smith added: "Negotiations with both the club and the player, and his agents, are ongoing.

"He's a player we have been watching for a while. As normal, the club initially weren't too keen to sell him, but then they indicated they would be happy to listen to what we had to say.

"He's a player I think would do a really good job for us."

Smith does not expect Rapid to hold out until after their Europa League play-offs later this month.

"No, there's not that fear," Smith said. "I think we have to have a resolution at some stage next week."

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