Holman impresses McCoist
Ally McCoist says he is excited by Brett Holman, but has played down talk of a Rangers move for the striker.
Last Updated: 22/07/10 5:17pm
Ally McCoist admits he is excited by Brett Holman, but has played down talk of a Rangers move for the Australia striker.
The 26-year-old has once again been linked with a switch to Gers, who have arrived in Australia ahead of the Sydney Festival of Football.
Holman made an impact at the World Cup in South Africa this summer, netting two goals for the Socceroos against Ghana and Serbia.
The AZ Alkmaar forward has denied all knowledge of an imminent Ibrox move, and Gers assistant manager McCoist echoed that sentiment, but admitted his liking for the Australian.
"Holman is certainly a player that I like and I know that Walter likes him as well," McCoist told the club's official website.
"I won't lie, he's someone who excites me.
"I saw him a couple of times at the World Cup over in South Africa and he was a player who impressed me.
"He came on and took his goals well but there has been no contact made at all between ourselves and his club with a view to him getting him involved with us."
Meanwhile, Rangers utility player Lee McCulloch is confident the Ibrox squad can conquer their jet lag and impress in the four-team tournament with Blackburn, Sydney FC and AEK Athens.
"We've not been here long and we're all feeling pretty tired at the moment as it was a long trip," said McCulloch.
"But we're looking forward to the tournament and getting things under way because the three games we have here are really important to us.
"The opposition we'll be facing is of a really good standard and we know we'll need to be at our best to do well.
"Once we get used to the change of time zone, I'm sure we'll be all right and I think this trip will be really worthwhile for us. I can't wait for the games to start.
"In pre-season, the main thing is building your fitness and sharpness up but when you're at a club like Rangers there's pressure to win too and we want to do that."