Rangers Must Fight To Keep Charlie Adam

James KeevinsContributor IJune 10, 2009

GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 06:  Charlie Adam of Rangers tackles Fritz Clemens of Werder Bremen during the UEFA Cup round of 16, first leg match at Ibrox Stadium March 6, 2008 in Glasgow,Scotland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Glasgow Rangers are fighting off stiff competition from Blackpool and Preston North End for star midfielder Charlie Adam, it was revealed last night.

Playmaker Adam, famed for his free kicks, has been earmarked as an integral part of Walter Smiths' plans for next season, as the club looks to downsize.

Rangers are guaranteed £10 million from participation in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League, but this will not be enough to stave off the administration. With Pedro Mendes and Steven Davis are likely to be put up for sale, options in midfield will be limited.

A source close to assistant manager Kenny McDowall stated: "We're desperate for Charlie to stay."

Adam, 24, proved his worth when he was sent on loan in the winter to Blackpool, and with Mendes and Davis being sold, David Murray went on to say: "We need to make sure he (Charlie Adam) stays a Rangers player as a matter of urgency."

It's understood Blackpool have offered a bumper £17,500 per week deal, so Rangers will have to act fast, with Preston North End also waiting in the wings.