He is targeting young potential stars who can have an impact in the Scottish Championship, whilst also benefiting themselves with the consistent exposure to first-team football.
Warburton had great joy with loan players during his time as Brentford boss in the 2014/15 season, with Tottenham’s Alex Pritchard especially impressing at Griffin Park. The youngster worked his way into the England Under-21 set-up, and is expected to start next season in the Spurs first-team squad.
Warburton wants a similar sort of loan player at Ibrox next term, telling the Record that the Pritchard situation was perfect for all parties involved.
He said: “That [Pritchard’s loan] worked out really well and it has to be that type of arrangement where it benefits the player, his parent club and it obviously benefits Rangers.”
There are no indications as to which players Warburton is targeting, or if he has even looked at any players yet, but Rangers are at a disadvantage due to their placing in the Scottish football pyramid.
Whilst Brentford could offer Championship football, which is not seen as too far off the Premier League in terms of quality, the Scottish Championship is many levels below that, and top flight teams may not want to send their players on loan if they fear development may stall.
The quality of football is not progressive enough to aid development, and it is likely that if any loan deals are to be agreed, they will be for players at the very early stages of their playing careers, rather than established youth players with suitors in English football as well.