Dailly still harbours Gers hopes
Christian Dailly will not "rule out completely" another season at Rangers, but acknowledges that he may have to continue his career in England. Walter Smith brought the former Scotland player from West Ham United in January 2008 and used him intermittently as a utility player.
The 35-year-old looked to have played his last game for Rangers as an 88th-minute substitute for Kyle Lafferty in the Homecoming Scottish Cup final win over Falkirk at Hampden, after which the Ibrox club confirmed they would not be offering him another contract. However, Dailly said that is set to meet Smith next week. The former Dundee United, Derby and Blackburn Rovers player, who commuted from England during his time at Ibrox, acknowledges that if he is not re-signed by Rangers, then he would only consider clubs south of the border.
"I spoke to Rangers at the end of the season and I have to go back and speak with the manager again," he said. "We said that after three or four weeks we would have a chat again, so that's what we will do.
"In an ideal world, I think the manager would like me to go back. But I don't think a lot of those decisions will be in his hands because obviously it looks like there will be a lot of financial restrictions at the club," he said.
"I've not bothered with anything else because I wanted to turn the phone off for three weeks to relax and I'm still within that period. But next week I will be able to get something sorted out for next season.
"So I wouldn't rule it out completely, but I think it is probably unlikely." He added: "I am still keen to play, I love my job and I am fit enough to do it.
"I live down south so I'm restricted. Rangers were great, they are an unbelievable club. I was able to fly up and down, they gave me a flat and it worked really well.
"It was easier than being at Southampton on loan, when I was driving four or five hours each day to get there and back, which is a bit daft at times," Dailly said. "The manager trusted me to train at Rangers and I had an understanding with him that I wouldn't chap on his door expecting to play all the time.
"I was there in case I was needed. But there is no reason why, if you have the knowledge and train clever, that you can't do keep on playing."
If Dailly has played his last game for Rangers, he admits that his cameo appearance at Hampden as striker, the position in which he started out his career at Dundee United, would be a good way in which to end his association with the Light Blues. He said: "I went up front when I came on and it was great.
"I just went straight back in to striker's mode and I understood it completely. There were a few games where the manager was going to do that then decided not to bother, but he did it in the cup final.
"I probably should have scored, I nearly set one up and I got booked, so it was quite an eventful last few minutes. I'm so lucky to have been part of a club that size and I really enjoyed my time there," he said. "
"I was there about 16 months in total and we were in five cup finals, one of them the UEFA Cup final, and two SPL championships went to the last day. So, other than the disappointment of going out of Europe against Kaunas, the whole thing has been a great rollercoaster ride."