CARLOS BOCANEGRA sees no reason why Rangers can’t retain the core of their squad if a new buyer for the club can complete a deal to take control at Ibrox.

And the American defender insists his preference is to continue his career with the 54-times Scottish champions next season rather than move on.

Bocanegra has been outstanding for the Light Blues since he moved to Glasgow from French side St Etienne on a three-year deal last August.

Fans have taken to him too as he has formed an excellent central defensive partnership with Romanian stopper Dorin Goian.

As such, supporters will be delighted the former Fulham star wishes to remain at Gers beyond the summer.

Bocanegra said: “At the moment we’re looking to get the season finished and we’ll see what happens.

“Hopefully a new buyer comes in because I really like it here. I enjoy coming into work every day.

“It’s unfortunate everything off the field has happened but I like it here and I want to be a part of this club.

“It’s the same as everyone else – we’re hoping a buyer comes in sooner rather than later. I can’t speak for anyone else but I want to stay.”

Asked if a completed takeover could lead to the majority of the players staying, Bocanegra added: “I think so, yeah. If we get a buyer sooner rather than later.”

Former boss Walter Smith yesterday expressed his fears most players would move on this summer and leave Gers with a very young squad which would struggle to compete.

But Bocanegra said: “I don’t know that. That’s his opinion. I can’t speak for anybody else and what they’re feeling inside.

“Everybody has different situations going on with their families and their personal lives. It’s a tough situation and it’s a waiting game.

“There are a lot of unknowns for everyone right now but personally, I want to play until the end of the season and hopefully someone comes in.”

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