Rangers manager Ally McCoist has admitted his interest in bringing Dundee United captain Jon Daly to Ibrox.
The 30-year-old forward’s current deal at Tannadice is up in the summer with Terrors boss Jackie McNamara telling STV the Glasgow club faced a fight to land the Irishman.
Now McCoist has moved to confirm his desire to talk to the Irishman over a summer move.
He told Rangers’ official website: “To be fair to the player and we have to be fair to the player he’s with another club at the moment.
"All we are doing registering a note of interest in players and Jon is one of a number who are out of contract with their own clubs at the end of this season. We’re just confirming that status with the clubs.
“There is nothing more to tell, nothing more to say but we are looking to bring players to the club and they have to be free transfers. We aren’t able to register them until September 1 but he is one of a number we are looking at.
“He ticks a lot of boxes but unfortunately at this moment in time he ticks them for Dundee United. Time will tell whether we keep our interest in players like Jon but we are certainly looking to strengthen the squad for next year, that goes without saying.
“We obviously can’t spend any money in the transfer market but as we’ve said on numerous occasions we can bring in free transfers and register them on September 1 with a view to strengthening the squad.
“It’s not an ideal way to do it but we have to strengthen the squad in any way we can and that’s one of the ways we can do it.”
Daly has scored 70 goals in 194 games for the Terrors since joining from Hartlepool in January 2007.
When asked about Rangers’ interest in the striker, United boss McNamara told STV: “I don’t think it is a surprise. I think Jon has been a great player for Dundee United in his time here.
“I think it's credit to him that he's highly sought after and I'm not surprised, it's not just Rangers.
“He’s our captain and he’s here until the end of the season at least and hopefully he’ll continue to do good work for us.”