RANGERS will have to double their bid if they are to land Hamilton Accies star midfielder Greg Docherty before the window closes.
The Ibrox club has already had a bid £325,000 rejected by the Accies board for the 21 year old who has been attracting plenty of attention from south of the border.
Indeed the Lanarkshire club are bracing themselves for a wave of bids in the next week or so from the likes of Millwall, Preston, Cardiff and Swansea so they are in no rush to have their very own half price January sale simply to suit the tight Rangers budget.
Earlier this week Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke hit out at Rangers for submitting a bid for around £350,000 for Northern Ireland internationalist Jordan Jones.
“There’s been a bid, nowhere near acceptable.
“I would be a little bit sad if I was the player, to be honest, that the bid was so low.
“It was an easy one for the club to turn down,” Clarke revealed.
Now Martin Canning, the Hamilton boss, finds himself in an almost identical position to his Kilmarnock counter-part.
“I don’t get involved in the business side but from what I’ve been told no deal is close at the minute,” Canning revealed.
“We’ve always said if you come through here and do the business and somebody else wants you then we will pat you on the back and wish you well.
“But that’s as long as fair value is met. We want guys to go on and further their careers. We know we are never going to keep guys like Greg, who come through and do as well as he has done.
“It would be selfish to want to keep them here beyond a reasonable offer.
“Part of the club’s ethos is to bring kids in, get them games and hope they take the opportunity they are given.
“If something comes of it I will be the first to shake Greg’s hand and say ‘well done son, I hope you have a great career.’”
What is unclear is if Rangers have more than the £325,000 they have tried to use to buy Jones and then Docherty on the cheap.
To buy both players would involve an expenditure of around £1.3million by reasonable estimates, and of course they run the risk of richer English or Welsh sides like Millwall, Preston, Cardiff and Swansea simply meeting the asking price and signing the players.