ALLY McCOIST has revealed Duff and Phelps believe they are close to striking a deal which would see Rangers taken over.

The Light Blues manager spoke to the firm today and was encouraged by what heard two and a half months after the club went into administration.

The Blue Knights, Brian Kennedy, Bill Ng and Bill Miller have all shown an interest in purchasing the Ibrox outfit at various stages.

And while McCoist would not divulge who Duff and Phelps are currently negotiating with, he believes forward steps are being taken.

He said: “I’ve spoken to the administrators this morning and they were very positive with news that they are close to getting a deal done with a potential purchaser.

“They didn’t tell me who it was or go into any greater detail other than tell me they were very, very close which is obviously encouraging.”

It has been reported this morning that Kennedy is poised to team up with the Paul Murray-led Blue Knights to submit a joint bid.

And having spoken extensively to both men, McCoist admits he would have no issues with them pushing a deal through and taking charge.

He maintains he would have exactly the same stance if American tycoon Miller were to be successful.

Asked if he would be happy for a Murray/Kennedy alliance to move in, McCoist added: “Of course I would.

“I’ve got to tell you, having also spoken to Bill Miller on numerous occasions he definitely seems to have the club’s best interests at heart too.

“The fact him and I had a conversation for well over an hour after the (transfer embargo) decision was made on Monday night would indicated he is seriously interested.

“Again, I have spoken to Paul Murray and indeed Brian Kennedy on numerous occasions and if either of those gentlemen got control, I’d have no problem at all.”

McCoist admits he does not know if the deal Duff and Phelps are close to agreeing would see the club exit administration via a company voluntary agreement.

He said: “They didn’t give me that information at all but as we’ve said all along, that would be the ideal situation. They are hopeful of getting a deal done.”

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