10 Nov Warburton not afraid to spend in January
By Craig Turnbull
Rangers boss Mark Warburton says he won’t be afraid to spend money in the January transfer window but believes there’s no major surgery required to the side.
Warburton has said he would like to bring in one or two players to help strengthen the squad and says the club is in good shape despite needing a further £2.5 million to stay afloat until the end of the season.
“We will put forward players we think can add value. You can a player for a million pounds and it quickly becomes five,” he said.
“You can player at 850 and two years later it’s 550. It’s about trusting your judgement and getting the right value for the club.
“If it’s near seven figures and we think it represents good value, we will put it to the board. Absolutely.”
Warburton has also been busy off the park in recruiting back room staff and he described his head of recruitment Frank McParland as one of his biggest signings so far.
“He knows how David and I work. I’ve known Frank through Liverpool and NextGen for many years. I know he has a great eye, he recognises young talent, he recognises key areas where they can benefit a team, he recognises weaknesses as well.
“You’re not going to get the perfect player. If it’s the perfect player they are playing in the Premier League for £100,000 a week.
“If you can recognise their weaknesses and see if you can improve them, that’s important. I have no doubt about his ability and I think he will be one of the biggest signings for us.”
Meanwhile, McParland himself says there’s plenty of work to be done in the scouting department at the club.
“I’ve got pretty much a blank page at the minute. There’s me at the minute that’s all there is but as long I can get better people in and I’d sooner grow it slowly rather than bring loads of people in and lose the quality,” he said.
“I’ve still got the manager who helps with the scouting, Davie Weir helps with the scouting and the analysts are going to be more and more involved. I think we’re alright but we need to improve and bring more people.”