Ally McCoist delighted to keep Nikica Jelavic at Rangers

Ally McCoist and Nikica Jelavic
McCoist says the clubs' decision to keep Jelavic sends out a message to fans.

Rangers manager Ally McCoist is "delighted" to have kept Nikica Jelavic at the club, despite reports of a £9m bid for the striker.

The Ibrox boss believes that holding on to the striker and midfielder Steven Davis represents a good transfer window for the club.

"I am delighted that Nikica and Steven are both staying," said McCoist.

"There was no pressure to sell either player but the club received a serious offer for Nikica from Leicester."

Rangers said on Wednesday that they had rejected a £9m bid for the player from an un-named club.

Refering to the earlier bid from Leicester, McCoist said that the rejection was significant.

"The fact it was rejected sends out a clear message to all Rangers fans and I have no doubt the players we have are more than capable of defending the SPL title," he told the club websiteexternal-link.

McCoist has been busy in his first transfer window as manager at Ibrox, missing out on several high-profile targets but securing a number of first-team regulars on extended deals and adding new faces.

Rangers signed Lee Wallace, Dorin Goian, Carlos Bocanegra, Alejandro Bedoya, Kyle Bartley, Juan Manuel Ortiz and Matt McKay, while securing Allan McGregor, Davis, Steven Whittaker and Gregg Wylde on new deals.

"It has been a long transfer window with lots of speculation but we have added seven new players while the core of our double-winning side last season have been re-signed so I am more than happy with the squad we have," he added.

"Hopefully, all the boys can return from international duty unscathed and the break will also give our injured players the chance to recover before our game against Dundee United next weekend."