RANGERS, it seems, are destined not to sign the much-lauded, but rarely seen, Brazilian striker, Jardel.

Last night Kilmarnock made it known to the Scottish League that they wanted the remaining work permit available, because they have their eyes on Ghana's Sammy Adei.

The Ibrox club's attempt to sign Jardel has been dogged by problems, particularly the need for one of the limited number of work permits issued by the Department of Employment, and with the recent departure of Oleg Salenko to Istanbulspor, Rangers had been hopeful they would be given the vacant permit.

Adeji, 22, represented Ghana in the recent African Nations' Cup and Kilmarnock manager Alex Totten said: ``He can play in central defence or at left back and we are keen to have a look at him.

``Our application for a work permit has been accepted because he is an international player, although we recognise that we might have to pay a transfer fee for his service.''

Ibrox secretary Campbell Ogilvie said: ``We know the rules, and from day one we have known there would be problems with a work permit.

``The first stage was to get past today in order to be able to lodge an application.

``But we have said all along we would have preferred the player to obtain a Portuguese passport, which would have meant we would not require a work permit.''

Hamish Walker of the League confirmed: ``We have received this application for Adei from Kilmarnock and we will now advise the Home Office of the details. It will be up to them to decide if it will be granted or not but, by the terms of the Scottish League management committee decision, Rangers will not now be able to apply on behalf of their player until this situation regarding Adei is decided.''

q.THE SFA have given Morton permission for their Scottish Cup tie against Montrose at Cappielow to be held over for 24 hours until Tuesday.

Said manager Allan McGraw: ``I wanted to give my players the best possible chance of recovering from Saturday's game against Dundee United.''

The amended list of midweek fixtures is:

Monday: Scottish Cup - Berwick v Dundee United, Dunfermline v St Mirren, East Fife v Caledonian Thistle. Tuesday: Scottish Cup - Morton v Montrose. Premier division - Motherwell v Aberdeen. First division - Airdrie v Clydebank. Third division - Ross County v Livingston. Thursday: Scotish Cup - Clyde v Rangers