McCoist still keen on Goodwillie

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Rangers manager Ally McCoist has not given up his pursuit of David Goodwillie even though a move south of the border now appears more likely for the Dundee United striker.

The 22-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Blackburn after the Scottish champions failed with a previous bid for the player, who has been valued at £2million by United.

But McCoist said: "I don't think he's a Blackburn player. He is a player we have made no secret about but he is still a Dundee United player and we have to show them a lot of respect. What I would say is, if we had an opportunity to bring David Goodwillie to Rangers, then I would like to take that."

Responding to reports that Rangers have submitted a fresh bid for Goodwillie, McCoist added: "I don't know if it's accurate in terms of a fresh bid going in but I know our people have been talking to their people."

Den Haag's Wesley Verhoek also remains on McCoist's radar and the Ibrox boss said: "That's something we wouldn't rule out. He is a player we have watched and who we like.

"The first bid went in eight or nine days ago. There is an opportunity that could possibly happen but we haven't taken it any further yet."

Goals from Steven Naismith and Nikica Jelavic secured a 2-0 victory over St Johnstone in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League on Saturday after Rangers had been held to a 1-1 draw by Hearts last week and then suffered a midweek defeat to Malmo in their Champions League qualifier.

McCoist said: "I was really pleased. We spoke before the game about starting the game better than we did in the previous two games. We did that and we were sharper and stronger and we were more direct in the opening period. We were very positive.

"I was pleased with the chances we created, we scored two goals and could have scored more.

"We still have a long, long way to go but we have taken a small step in the right direction. I don't know about relief, I was just more pleased for the boys than anything else."

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