20 Jan Warburton hopeful of signing Rangers targets
Rangers boss Mark Warburton says he’s hopeful of bringing in a couple of signing targets before next Monday’s Championship clash against Morton.
The Light Blues have had a couple of offers rejected for St Johnstone winger Michael O’Halloran and Brentford midfielder Toumani Diagouraga.
Warburton refused to comment on specific individuals in question but he did say he was hopeful of signing targets before next week.
“If all parties are happy then I’m very hopeful we will have a couple of signings in,” he said.
“Sometimes these things happen quickly, sometimes they demand more negotiation. But we’re hopefully making very good progress and we can get them over the line.”
Nathan Oduwa’s loan was cut short and the winger has returned to Spurs. Warburton said Oduwa’s return to his parent club was in everyone’s best interests.
“We work really closely with Spurs and the relationship between the two clubs is good,” he said.
“Nathan is at the next stage of his development, he came here and experienced 50,000 crowds, what he had to do on different surfaces and did very well.
“He’s their asset so all parties agreed that the best thing for Nathan was to go back and we maintain our relationship with Tottenham.”
Warburton has already tied up Jason Holt and Andy Halliday to new deals and says they are close to announcing a new contract for Barrie McKay – who has impressed the Light Blues boss this season.
“The first day of pre-season our message to the players was there are no hidden agendas or reports back on you from last season.
“It’s a clean slate. Go and enjoy it and be the best you can be. Barrie embraced that. His work rate, his quality, commitment and desire have been first class so he deserves everything he’s got so far.”