Double deal sees boss going back to his roots

Chris LakeyBryan Gunn returned to his homeland - and to his old job as head of recruitment - to secure a Scottish double in the transfer market. Less than two days after bringing New Zealander international striker Chris Killen in from Celtic, Gunn added Rangers' attacking midfielder Alan Gow to his complement.Chris Lakey

Bryan Gunn returned to his homeland - and to his old job as head of recruitment - to secure a Scottish double in the transfer market.

Less than two days after bringing New Zealander international striker Chris Killen in from Celtic, Gunn added Rangers' attacking midfielder Alan Gow to his complement.

Killen has been linked with City before, but Gow's connections are even stronger - he spent time in Norwich awaiting the final nod from previous manager Glenn Roeder before packing his bags and heading home.

The 26-year-old ended up on loan at Blackpool, but could have been playing for Wolves tonight, had he not failed a medical, because of a hip injury, ahead of a proposed �250,000 move - although Rangers boss Walter Smith denied any problem existed.


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Crystal Palace were interested but were priced out, so Gunn stepped in for a second time - and this time Gow is here to stay, possibly after his loan expires at the end of the season.

So what happened in the summer was apparently "unforeseen circumstances", according to Gunn, who had been pivotal in the initial interest for the Scottish player.

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"He didn't turn it down," said Gunn. "His part of the deal was all agreed - I'll let you decide what the other reasons were for it not happening.

"Alan had a good look around, I looked after him for a day. He has seen the facilities, he has seen the stadium, agreed his terms.

"They have been on the radar for a while."

Both players, like last week's addition David Carney, are on the familiar loan deal, but that may change.

"I am open minded about that," he said.

"If the guys come down and do well, it is a great opportunity for them.

"They are not our players at the moment, we have got to have agreement with the other clubs, but I'm sure if they come down here and do well it will benefit all parties."

Killen, 27, is a centre-forward while Gow is an attacking midfielder.

"Chris is a striker with presence," said Gunn. "He's not a giant, he's just over 6ft but he is good in the air, he'll hold the ball up, he links play together and if we get the ball in the box hopefully we'll see some goals as well from him."

Gow, who scored five goals in 17 appearances for Blackpool, was due to meet his new team-mates in their Birmingham hotel yesterday afternoon after flying down from Scotland.

"He played up front for Blackpool and played in wide areas," said Gunn. "I think he's classed as an attacking midfielder.

"It gives us more numbers in the squad, a different type of player than we already have and hopefully they will gel quickly with the group of players we have got."

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