Warburton confirms talks planned with John Eustace, compares him to David Weir

Mark Warburton

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has confirmed his interest in signing John Eustace.

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has told The Scottish Sun that he will hold talks with John Eustace soon in the hope of bringing him to Ibrox.

Warburton arrived as the new Rangers boss last week, penning a three-year contract to replace Stuart McCall in the Ibrox dugout.

Now, the 52-year-old must rebuild a squad which has seen 11 first-team members leave at the end of their contracts this summer - and it seems he already has targets in mind.

The Daily Record reported over the weekend that Warburton wanted to sign midfielder Eustace, whose contract with Derby runs out this summer.

The 35-year-old worked with Warburton at Watford, and possesses bags of experience after a long career in the Football League, which would be useful to Rangers this coming season.

The report from the Daily Record did also add that Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday are also interested in signing Eustace - but Warburton has told the Scottish Sun that he will indeed hold talks with Eustace in the coming days to try and strike a deal, praising the midfielder and even comparing him to former Rangers defender and current assistant manager David Weir.

"John’s a player I know very well. I worked with him at Watford. He is an outstanding professional. I’ll have a chat with John and his representatives and we’ll see what happens," said Warburton. "I know he’s 35. But do you remember when Davie Weir came to Rangers? What was he, 35, 36? And he didn’t too badly did he?"

"Davie had a magnificent five years at Rangers, winning plenty of trophies, playing in the Champions League and being a fantastic influence on everyone. I love working with young players, but there’s a need for one or two older heads. Of course, you want young, hungry players in the team — however, they need guidance."

"John’s now in a good rehab programme and he’ll be four or five weeks away. But if he comes to the club then I’m sure he provide outstanding value. Any player we bring in has to be right for the team and Rangers. I want value from every signing," he added.

Creating the right mix

Rangers saw a number of young players emerge under former manager McCall, with Robbie Crawford, Andy Murdoch, Tom Walsh and Ryan Hardie all featuring.

Yet having lost the likes of Lee McCulloch and Kris Boyd, Rangers lack some veteran leadership to help nurture and advise those young players.

It seems that Warburton is well aware of that fact, and is pursuing Eustace to bring in some much-needed experience ahead of the new season, which well help him create a balanced side at Ibrox.

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