Warburton outlines his exciting Rangers transfer plans, admits 'good connections' abroad

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Mark Warburton wants to sign players from Scotland - but is open to using the European markets.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told the Scottish Sun that his priority is to sign home-grown players - but will also look to the European markets.

Warburton, 52, arrived as Rangers manager last week, and according to the Scottish Sun, defenders Danny Wilson and Rob Kiernan will become his first signings in the coming days, whilst Derby County midfielder John Eustace could also follow them to Ibrox according to the report.

Having released 11 out of contract players earlier this summer, Rangers have a thin squad for Warburton to work with, and he must immediately set about bringing in reinforcements ahead of an expected promotion push next season.

Wilson, Kiernan and Eustace all play their football in Britain, so should make a seamless transition to the Scottish Championship - and Warburton has told The Sun that signing Scottish players is his priority as he looks to build a winning squad.

However, he also added that he has 'good connections' in Europe, and if he can bring young players from abroad into the club, then he will do.

"It is not just English guys. We are looking around leagues and doing our homework," said Warburton. "If we can get the diamonds from Scotland, I would far rather do that and that is part of the plan. But we will look around Europe where we have some good connections."

"For a player from a European club to come here, what an experience. We have to assure that club we can look after their young talents. If they lend us an asset, we look after him, polish him a bit and then send him back, everyone benefits. That will be a big part of what we do as well," he added.

Still an attractive proposition?

Rangers are of course now playing their football in the second tier, but playing in front of the Ibrox crowd is still a lure for many players.

Warburton won't be able to attract big name players from Europe like Rangers could during the glory days, with top clubs keen to send their players out to a higher level than the Scottish Championship.

Yet having seen the success of Haris Vuckic at Ibrox last season, clubs may be willing to loan their youngsters out to Ibrox for development - especially with Warburton at the helm, who oversaw the success of Spaniard Jota at Brentford last term. With Warburton in charge, teams may well send their players to Glasgow this summer.

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