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Sky Blues Fall At First Transfer Hurdle

Coventry City’s first foray into the transfer market following the departure of Robbie Keane and Noel Whelan has been a flop, with Rangers rejecting a £4million bid for winger Neil McCann.

Sky Blues boss Gordon Strachan was at Ibrox on Saturday to watch McCann play in the defeat of St Johnstone.

He has money to spend on up to three players following the £13 million sale of Keane, and Whelan departure to Middlesbrough for £2 million.

But Rangers chairman David Murray has told Strachan to back off as manager Dick Advocaat does not want McCann to leave.

He told the Daily Record:

"We had an inquiry from Coventry for Neil McCann - an offer of £4million. But he is an important member of our squad, and Dick is not prepared to sell him.

"We have not given anyone any encouragement in this matter because we're trying to build a squad.

"We are not looking to dismantle our squad because we are in the process of building one.”

The Sky Blues rumour mill has also suggested that Strachan is showing an interest in Hearts midfielder Colin Cameron.

He was at the Edinburgh derby on Sunday to watch the player, who is tipped as a hot prospect at international level for Scotland.

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CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 01 Aug 00
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