Holloway admits interest in departed Rangers star

Gregg Wylde
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BLACKPOOL are in the race to sign Scottish winger Gregg Wylde – but will have to wait until next season to see him in action.

The financial turmoil at Rangers saw the 20-year-old leave the club this week.

And Pool boss Ian Holloway has revealed that Blackpool are hoping to sign Wylde, even though he would be ineligible to play until next season.

Holloway admitted: “We can’t sign him this season. He’s one we are looking at for next.

“I’ve spoken to (the Seasiders’ former Rangers midfielder) Barry Ferguson about him but I haven’t watched him play myself yet.

“I’m told he’s a good, young wide player, who can play on either wing.

“He couldn’t play between now and the end of the season.”

Wylde left Rangers this week, along with Mervan Celik, after the clubs went into administration.

He has made 47 appearances for the Ibrox side, scoring twice.

Blackpool are reported to have plenty of competition to sign the Scottish Under-21 man, with Bolton, Aston Villa and Everton all interested.

Meanwhile, Holloway will contact Liverpool this week over the availability of Jonjo Shelvey.

The midfielder had a very successful loan spell at Bloomfield Road early this season only for the Reds to recall him after injury to Lucas left them short in midfield.

Holloway revealed: “I will be ringing Liverpool and I’ll be asking about his availability.

“We didn’t want Jonjo to go back.

“As far as I’m concerned, we’ll have to ask Liverpool very nicely to get him back.

“It will be Liverpool’s choice if he comes back or not as he is their player.”

The emergency loan deadline closes next week, from which point Pool will be unable to sign any players for the rest of the season.

And Holloway has suggested he could yet do some business. He said: “We are always looking for new players.

“It really difficult – I quite like the options we have at the moment, but if we can add to our squad before the loan deadline we will.

“You have to get the right people, though, and that’s getting harder and harder.

“We have to try to improve on what we have already.

“I can’t improve on the attitude of any of them, but for little bits of skill I’m always looking to add.”