Scottish Football: Rangers eye McAllister

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RANGERS already have their sights on their European campaign for next season and intend to strengthen their side during the summer with Gary McAllister, the Leeds United and Scotland captain, writes David McKinney.

There is little doubt that Rangers, given the will from both club and player, will sign McAllister despite the determination of Howard Wilkinson, the Leeds manager, to keep him. Any interest from Rangers will meet 'an unequivocal no,' according to Wilkinson.

David Murray, the Rangers chairman, wants the club to sign a couple of defenders and, as if to underline the club's continuing ambition, Murray has suggested that the capacity of Ibrox will be increased by filling its corners with seats.

Meanwhile, Celtic's new chief executive, Fergus McCann, has plans to rebuild Celtic Park to create a 52,000-seater stadium at a cost of pounds 30m, a project vital to the well-being of the Scottish game as increasingly it seems only a properly run Celtic will be able to compete adequately with Rangers.

The champions remain four points clear after a 4-0 win over St Johnstone while Motherwell stay in touch thanks to a 3-1 win over relegation-threatened Dundee. Aberdeen's 3-2 victory over Kilmarnock keeps them in contention although they trail Rangers by five points going into the final quarter of the season.

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