Rangers manager Ally McCoist keen to bolster front line

Rangers manager Ally McCoist is keen to strengthen the Ibrox club's forward line but there has been no contact with former player and free agent Kris Boyd.

Boyd, who spent four-and-a-half goal-laden years with Rangers, has left Eskisehirspor  five months after joining the Turkish side.

"We've not heard anything," said McCoist when quizzed about Boyd.

"I'm in absolutely no position to rule anybody out. Unfortunately I'm in no position to count anybody in."

Steven Naismith's season-ending injury has left Rangers short up front.

Kris Boyd and Ally McCoist

Boyd was at Rangers during McCoist's spell as assistant manager

Former Kilmarnock player Boyd became the Scottish Premier League's all-time highest scorer during his stint at Rangers.

And Celtic manager Neil Lennon said a player of Boyd's prowess "would interest" him  .

"All I would say is I'm definitely short on forward areas," McCoist said.

"Although I can't say there is definite interest, it's certainly an area we need strengthening in."

Media speculation continues to link Nikica Jelavic  with a move away from Ibrox but McCoist told the club's website: "I think it's staring everybody in the face that if you want to win the league title you need to keep your best players.

I've spoken to Scott Allan and I'm really keen for him to come so we'll just await his decision

Ally McCoist Rangers manager

"I think it's natural that you want to keep your squad as strong as possible so your challenge is as effective as it can be."

Dundee United midfielder Scott Allan continues to interest McCoist  and the player is also on the radar of West Brom and Celtic.

McCoist added: "We knew there would be interest from Celtic and from down south where West Brom have shown that.

"I've spoken to Scott and I'm really keen for him to come so we'll just await his decision.

"I just think he's very forward thinking. I've seen him a good few times and he sees a pass forward and he can certainly split a defence with a pass.

"I think he's a talented boy, one of the most talented in the country at the moment. I still think there's a long way to go for him and when I chatted to him I mentioned that.

"Hopefully that progression would be at this club rather than anywhere else.

"He has a big decision to make and he'll obviously discuss that with his family and we'll wait to see what his decision is."