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McCoist happy with Whyte support

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Rangers manager Ally McCoist claims he has been "100%" happy with the backing he has received from new owner Craig Whyte as he builds his squad for his first season at the helm.

The Scottish champions on Thursday signed Lee Wallace for £1.5million from Hearts and secured United States international Alejandro Bedoya on a pre-contract agreement. He is still pursuing several players who remain on his radar and the new boss says he is more than content with the part the Rangers hierarchy has had to play so far.

"100% - absolutely," said McCoist.

"I've been in constant dialogue with the new owner and the new management team and I know they are as keen as we are to bring fresh faces in and freshen up the squad."

McCoist has confirmed his interest in defensive trio Rabiu Afolabi, Roland Juhasz and Dorin Goian, while continuing his pursuit of Carlos Cuellar after a fee was agreed with Aston Villa.

The manager said: "Andrew Dickson (head of football administration) spoke to Carlos' agent either Thursday night or Friday morning.

"That's ticking along. That's not of immediate importance due to the fact that he can't play for a number of weeks with his injury anyway.

"So, although it is important to us, it's not of immediate importance.

"It's much the same. I am optimistic generally speaking and I just have to wait and see."

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