Wylde wants Aluko to stay

Scottish winger urges Gers to hand team-mate new deal

Gregg Wylde: Impressed by Sone Aluko but determined to reclaim a place in the side

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Gregg Wylde believes it is vital for Rangers to retain the services of in-form winger Sone Aluko beyond the end of the season

Aluko joined the Scottish champions in November on a short-term deal until the summer, with an option of a further two years at Ibrox.

The former Aberdeen man has impressed so far and boss Ally McCoist has already stated his desire to see him remain at Ibrox.

Aluko's arrival has made Wylde's own task of holding down a place in the side more difficult, but he has backed the manager's views and urged Gers to hand out a long-term contract.

He said: "He has done well so far. He has ability and he can get past players.

"He can play on the left or the right or off the striker.

"It would be good to keep him at Ibrox for as long as possible."

He added: "The competition keeps me on my toes.

"Lee Wallace is playing on the left-hand side and there are a lot of wingers on the other side.

"Everybody just has to be on their toes and, when picked by the gaffer, be ready to go."

Ready for action

Wylde has told McCoist he is fit and ready for action as he now aims to force his way back into the manager's plans.

The 20-year-old winger has started the last three matches on the bench having previously enjoyed a run of games in the starting line-up.

He has been taking advice from veteran skipper David Weir - who has been unable to reclaim his own place in the side following injury - and will not allow his confidence to be affected by his recent lack of action.

But Wylde is now keen to stake a claim again and is hoping to be pitched into Saturday's SPL clash at St Johnstone.

He said: "It is a bit disappointing to be back on the bench.

"I just need to work hard in training and show the gaffer what I can do and hopefully get back into the starting XI as soon as possible.

"As long as the team is doing really well, I'm happy to be on the bench or starting.

"Players like David Weir have spoken to me and told me it's just part and parcel of being a young boy and to take it on the chin.

"Hopefully I'll get picked on Saturday. I've been training well and I feel fresh and I feel fit and ready to go if I get back into the side.

"I think the gaffer knows what I can do and hopefully I can get a game."