Little set for Rangers deal

  • Last Updated: July 24 2012, 16:12 BST

Andrew Little could join former Hearts pair Craig Beattie and Ian Black in signing for the Rangers newco as manager Ally McCoist prepares to take advantage of a temporary transfer embargo reprieve.

Andrew Little: Poised to stay at Rangers

Ibrox chief executive Charles Green revealed Little was set to sign a contract while the club confirmed free agents Beattie and Black had both trained at Murray Park on Wednesday.

Northern Ireland striker Little was a regular goalscorer after Rangers went into administration in February as he shook off previous injury problems.

The 23-year-old, whose contract with Rangers expired at the end of last season, looks set to join the newco club if it secures membership of the Scottish Football Association.

Ibrox chief executive Charles Green told RangersTV: "Andrew Little is coming back to the club. We've agreed terms with him and hopefully he will re-sign on Thursday.

"So I think people will see Rangers coming out of the mire, as it were, and there is a lot of confidence around the club."

Little earlier gave his own update to his followers on Twitter.

He said: "Sorry I haven't been able to say much lately but hopefully get things sorted very soon and get back to football!!"

Green is optimistic of securing SFA membership in the next 24 hours.

And, although accepting a 12-month transfer embargo handed to Rangers in April is one of the stipulations, the ban will not kick in until the start of September.

Green added: "Alastair has a list of players and he has been speaking to some of them. Obviously until we have SFA membership he can't sign any of them.

"He has two or three he wants to bring in this week and start training with the squad.

"We have a number of other targets lined up and it's up to Ally to decide. He picks the ones on the field and I pick the ones in the office.

"The difficulty we have is that we are playing in the Third Division."

Such a prospect does not appear to overly concern Beattie and Black, who both made their last appearance for Hearts in the William Hill Scottish Cup final thrashing of Hibernian, before leaving Tynecastle amid cost-cutting measures.

Green said: "I think it's testimony to the manager. Rangers is a name but it's also the manager that the players want to come and play for.

"I think people within Rangers have seen first-hand what Ally has had to do since February but the reality is the players who are looking to join the club have seen it from the outside and I think that's recognition of what Ally has done to keep the club together."

McCoist lost a full team of players when Rangers were consigned to liquidation but the likes of Scotland internationals Lee Wallace, Lee McCulloch and Neil Alexander elected to join the newco club.

USA internationals Carlos Bocanegra, Maurice Edu and Alejandro Bedoya also stayed but Green expects them to depart along with Romanian defender Dorin Goian.

Green added: "Some of our senior players have agreed to stay with us and that's really commendable because you couldn't blame them for picking up their bags and going elsewhere.

"For Alastair now the balance is getting the players in that can play in the Third Division but can also move forward as the club moves forward."