Gers close on Shiels signing

Midfielder deal almost done

Dean Shiels: Ready to snub a new deal at Kilmarnock and sign for Rangers

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Rangers are close to completing deals for Dean Shiels and Greek midfielder Pantelis Kafes as they press on with their rebuilding programme.

Ally McCoist, who saw his side take in their first competitive game of the season on Sunday as they edged out Brechin in the Ramsdens Cup, has identified the pair as top targets.

Shiels spent last season in the SPL with Kilmarnock, under the guidance of his father Kenny Shiels.

He has also turned out in the top tier of Scottish football for Hibernian and spent three years in England with Doncaster Rovers.

Fresh terms

Killie were hoping to persuade the 27-year-old to pen a new deal with them, but he appears to be on his way to Ibrox.

Rangers will be turning out in the Scottish Third Division next season but have ambitious plans to make a quick-fire return to the big time.

Shiels could form part of their promotion push, with McCoist admitting that a deal to bring him to Glasgow is almost done.

The Gers, who will be free to register new players from Friday, are also hoping to wrap up a deal for Greece international Kafes before the end of the week.

McCoist said: "It's not over the line yet but I know in both cases there is certainly a deal to be done there.

"I've spoken to both players. They seem keen and we are very keen too so we'd be hopeful something could be done."