Francisco Sandaza only one of Ally McCoist's Rangers targets

Rangers manager Ally McCoist
McCoist's side were 4-0 winners over Arbroath in the Scottish Cup

Rangers' Ally McCoist has admitted his interest in Francisco Sandaza but insists the St Johnstone man is just one of several strikers in his sights.

The Ibrox manager will discuss his interest in the Spaniard, who has rejected a new contract with Saints, further with owner Craig Whyte.

"I'll have a chat with Craig and see where we are on that one," McCoist said of 27-year-old Sandaza.

"He is just one of a number of forwards that I'm really, really interested in."

McCoist is looking for cover for the injured Kyle Lafferty.

Strike partner Nikica Jelavic returned from his injury absence to score in Rangers' 4-0 Scottish Cup win against Arbroath, but there is also speculation about expected January bids for the Croatia international.

St Johnstone had already confirmed that Rangers were interested in signing Sandaza on a pre-contract agreement to join the Scottish champions in the summer.

David Healy has been deputising for Lafferty and also scored one of the four goals against the Red Lichties.

The others came from a Craig Wedderburn own goal and substitute Salim Kerkar's first goal for Rangers.

Algerian midfielder Kerkar has been at Ibrox since 2010 but has only made a handful of appearances since.

"I was delighted for him," added McCoist. "He is a smashing lad and has waited long enough for his chance.

"It's wonderful to see the relationship he has got with the fans.

"I think they really appreciate the fact that he's a solid citizen and he is always very reliable.

"He was just waiting for his chance and he got it and I was absolutely delighted for him."

There was concern for Rangers when on-loan Arsenal defender Kyle Bartley went to ground clutching his leg and was swiftly replaced with Jordan McMillan in the second half.

However, McCoist said: "Bartley is fine, I think he is okay. His ankle is heavily iced.

"He said he actually got a fright with the way the ankle twisted but did feel a little bit better as he stood up and the physio came on.

"I wasn't prepared to take any chances and got him off.

"We will look at him tomorrow, but hopefully he will be okay."

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