Rangers, Mark Warburton

Warburton responds to Accrington Stanley criticism

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has responded to criticism from Accrington Stanley over their pursuit of Matt Crooks and Josh Windass.

The English League Two outfit were unhappy with the way Rangers approached the players, who were free to sign a pre-contract with the club as their contracts expired in the summer.

The Accrington Stanley chairman Andy Holt said this week: “It’s not illegal but that’s not how it should be done.”

Warburton though insisted their business was done in the proper manner and said that Holt’s issue was more with the transfer system rather than with Rangers.

“I think the frustration rightly or wrongly is more with the system than with the way we have conducted our business. Rangers have done everything by the process and, I hope, professionally,” he said.

Meanwhile, some fans have said that Rangers aren’t signing good enough quality players after bringing in Harry Forrester and Crooks and Windass – both of whom will join in the summer – but he dismissed that notion and cited Andre Gray and Jamie Vardy as examples.

“My answer to that would be to ask: ‘How much would Andre Gray cost right now?’

“He came from Luton in the Conference to Brentford in the Championship for £500,000. That was a huge jump but he dealt with it and developed exceptionally well. I don’t know what his value is now but I imagine it’s at least £12million.

“That’s why I hire experts like (chief scout) Frank McParland. Our job is to spot players who we think can develop quickly and move on to the next level.”

Warburton said he’s hopeful of adding a couple more players to the squad in January and tying up extensions for Andy Halliday, Jason Holt and Barrie McKay.

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