// Published September 30, 2013 by isport

Rangers have been very much interested in bringing former Hearts defender Marius Zaliukas to the club in recent weeks, but it has now been revealed that the defender will not be moving to the Scottish League One team after turning down a contract offer.

The 29-year-old only recently left Hearts and he has been training with Rangers for the last few weeks. Rangers have been signing a lot of players in recent transfer window, and they were very keen on sealing the free transfer of Marius Zaliukas. Rangers manager Ally McCoist, though, has confirmed the disappointing news that they have been unable to reach an agreement with the player.

Rangers have also been in discussions to bring in Boris Pandza, but it is understood that the transfer has also fallen through due to various reasons. Boris Pandza was most recently seen with the Belgian club Mechelen. The 26-year-old defender would have brought in the right mixture of youth and experience. The inability to sign Zaliukas, though, will be the biggest disappointment for McCoist since the 29-year-old has been one of the best players in the Scottish league over the last few years. He has more than 200 appearances for Hearts in the last seven years.

McCoist has revealed that the club did everything to sign him.

“Sadly, that deal has gone dead at the moment, I think Marius has one or two other options. [Chief executive] Craig [Mather] effectively put an offer to him which wasn’t met so we’re just about closing that one off at this moment in time. It looks like we’ll have to go with what we’ve got and, to be fair, we’ve been reasonably solid defensively. Hopefully we’ll just carry a little bit of luck with injuries and suspensions and we’ll see where that takes us,” said McCoist.