Smith ready to resist bids

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Rangers manager Walter Smith admits he would not welcome interest in any of his players before this week's transfer deadline as he bids to retain the personnel he has at his disposal.

Top of the list of players he will be hoping to hold on to is Kenny Miller, the striker who is in the final year of his contract and who has rejected a new deal as negotiations continue over his future. He again demonstrated his worth to the Scottish champions by claiming the winner in a 2-1 victory over St Johnstone in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League - his fifth goal of the season so far.

Smith said: "We can be approached but whether we sell or not is another aspect. There is no necessity for us to do so and that's where we stand at the moment."

He added: "The transfer window brings around that type of question but we have been sitting since the end of May and we have had no enquiries for anybody who is playing in our team.

"The enquiries we have had, the players have left us. Hopefully we will get no enquiries and we can settle down after that."

Miller has netted in all three SPL games so far and Smith added: "He is playing very well for us at the moment and we are delighted because we had to work extremely hard for our win today (Saturday).

"Last season he got over 20 goals for us and he has started like that for us this season as well.

"We are delighted because we need that little bit of a spark at the moment and something to lift us out of that lethargic spell we are having starting games at the moment."

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