Liverpool target Jelavic urged to stay at Rangers

Rangers manager Ally McCoist has called for Nikica Jelavic to snub the offers from Premier League sides including Liverpool in January, The Daily Mail reports.

Jelavic is the subject of transfer speculation over a move to the Reds and is also wanted by Sunderland, West Brom and QPR. The Croatian striker has been impressive for the Scottish champions and Leicester made a £6.5m bid for Jelavic in August, which was rejected. McCoist admits that his side cannot compete with the financial muscle of the Premier League teams, but wants Jelavic to stay for more silverware with the Gers.

A move to Liverpool could not guarantee Jelavic first team football, but if he is signed in January and Luis Suarez’s ban is confirmed, then the Croatian will have opportunities. McCoist has called for Jelavic to stay, but will consider any sizeable offer if Jelavic wants a move.

McCoist said: “We fully appreciate, and are well aware, that financially, we cannot compete with the vast majority of the teams in the top two divisions down south. That’s just the nature of the beast at the moment. We are no different from any club in the respect that, if a bid comes in for any one of our players which we find really acceptable and appealing, you would have to consider it.

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