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WALTER SMITH'S January transfer budget won't be hit by Rangers' failure to make the Champions League last 16.

 

Wednesday's 3-0 defeat to Lyon cost the Ibrox club a place in the knock-out stages, plus around an additional �£4m on top of the �£13m they have already made from Uefa payments and five home European ties.

 

Rangers will need to reach the last 16 of the Uefa Cup to make up that lost money.

 

A decent TV pull in the round of 32 draw a week today - with the likes of Spurs, Bolton, Bayern Munich and Fiorentina all possible opponents - would help offset some of the financial hit from the Champions League.

 

Smith's funding for January was already in place, and any additional Euro revenue would not have been filtering through to him.

 

He had cash left in the kitty after splashing out more than �£10m in the summer. That money will be used in January, along with whatever Smith generates from transfers.

 

I understand Brahim Hemdani has an agreement to leave next month after failing to secure an exit in August. The French/Algerian midfielder wanted out before the last window closed but stayed on after Smith told him of his need for experience in the Champions League campaign.

 

But Hemdani is unhappy at not featuring in SPL games and wants to play in the Premiership.

 

He was watched by Middlesbrough and Reading against Lyon, while the man who signed him - Alex McLeish - could yet try to take him to Birmingham City.

 

Hemdani has 18 months left on a �£20,000-a-week deal and is almost certain to get his wish for a move next month. He is likely to be joined by Daniel Cousin. Rangers have been far from impressed with the Gabonese striker's attitude in the past few weeks.

 

The �£1m summer signing from Lens was hooked at half-time in the Lyon match and has already expressed a wish to play in England.

 

He has a �£3m exit clause in the summer, but Rangers are likely to move him on in January for somewhere around �£2m.

 

Thomas Buffel is being tracked by Anderlecht in his homeland. He is another player Smith would happily let go for around the �£1m mark, with the Belgian another high earner on �£17,000-a-week.

 

Fringe players such as Ugo Ehiogu, Chris Burke and one or two others may also be shipped out.

 

Smith would like to bring in three players - a striker, a left-back and another midfielder - and already has his eye on who he wants.

 

But he is loathe to make too many changes after such upheaval in the summer, and it's unlikely any more than three new faces will arrive next month.

 

With Stevie Smith and Andy Webster both set to return to the squad in the next month or so, Smith feels he would be well covered for the second half of the season SPL title battle and the Uefa Cup campaign.

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It looks like Cousin or\and Rangers has made his\their mind he is leaving.

It is unfortunate as he looked good in the beginning. I suppose a 2mill profit in 6months means it has been a good bit of business.

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It looks like Cousin or\and Rangers has made his\their mind he is leaving.

It is unfortunate as he looked good in the beginning. I suppose a 2mill profit in 6months means it has been a good bit of business.

 

I assume that'll be the money for you know who.

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For someone that has played for us for about 3 months it is incredible to see just how disinterested he is in such a short space of time.

 

I agree, if we get our money back then take it - we could be doing with players who WANT to play for us. He hasn't done it since September/October.

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I dont think we'll get anything like �£3m for Cousin. If we get our money back we should take it - a total waste of space and easy to see why Lens fans hated him

 

The guy had a history, clearly has some sort of mental illness, and was known as a trouble maker ..... but we STILL went out and signed him!!!

 

If we get our money back it will be a get out of jail free card ... when the fuck will we ever learn to stay away from tossers like this?

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January will be interesting, once again we have to chop and change and cant have a settled squad.

 

I can see outs:

Buffel

Boyd

Hemdani (maybe summer)

Cousin

Burke

Ehiogu

 

Ins:

Miller

McEveley

 

Miller can't come in in january Gribz as has been pointed out a few time.Wake up Laddie!!!!;) There is a rule that stops him. You are not allowed to transfer twice and play for two SPL teams in one season(or something like that).

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Miller can't come in in january Gribz as has been pointed out a few time.Wake up Laddie!!!!;) There is a rule that stops him. You are not allowed to transfer twice and play for two SPL teams in one season(or something like that).

 

So why is everyone saying its a done deal and expecting it like its imminent? Thats madness!! He could break his leg before the summer.

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