Cotterill - 'Smith is not for sale'/Ciftci stays?
Quite how true the 'reported' £1.6m offer that Rangers have made for Tommy Smith is remains to be seen, and I would say 'claims' that we HAVE rejected this offer remain even harder to believe, right?
Although this is what The Express says we have done, as we 'turfed out their improved £1.6m offer'...
Steve Cotterill made it clear that Smith is not for sale: 'Tommy Smith is not for sale.
'We would only be willing to put a valuation on a player if we were willing to sell and Tommy is not a player we are interested in selling.
'People think they can offer anything and because of our situation then we will accept but believe me that is not the case.
'We are not under any pressure to sell any of our players and we don't have to sell anybody.
There are maybe one or two players in my squad that I would be willing to let go but Tommy Smith is definitely not one of them.'
So, as far as Cotterill is concerned Smith is not for sale, although this is not what Admin Andy had been saying...we will see!
Rangers manager Walter Smith has said, and as recently ago as this morning, that he remains interested in the 30-year-old and hopes to conclude a deal before the Scottish season kicks-off...
One player that does not intend to go - not that I am saying that Smithy actually wants to - is Nadir Ciftci.
He, as he told The News, wants to stay and play as and when Cotterill selects him: 'I don't want to go out on loan. I want to stay here but it's up to the manager to decide that.
'I will respect his decision and we will see what happens. I hope I can stay in the side now - that's what I want. I want to give everything for Portsmouth football club.
'I did that in this game and I will do it every single day. So I hope I can give the manager enough for me to stay in the team.
'Any time I am on the pitch, I will give everything I can.'
He said this following the win over Stevenage on Monday, and whilst you can see that he is still 'raw' there is clearly some talent there if he uses it in the right way, so as much as playing regularly would help I could see the benefits of keeping him and integrating him into the team more regularly in preparation for the long-term.
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