Warburton believes Rangers' new signing Rob Kiernan has sent out a 'powerful message'

Mark Warburton is delighted to have signed Rob Kiernan for Rangers.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told the club's official website that the signing of Rob Kiernan has sent out a 'powerful message'.

Former Brentford boss Warburton was only appointed as Rangers manager last week, but has now made his first two signings for the club.

Defender Danny Wilson returns to Ibrox on a free transfer, and he has been joined at the club by Wigan Athletic defender Rob Kiernan.

Kiernan, 24, has penned a two-year contract at Ibrox, and reunites with Warburton having worked with him at both Watford and Brentford.

It's therefore little surprise that Warburton has told the Rangers official website that he is 'delighted' to have signed Kiernan - and believes that the signing has already sent out a 'powerful message' to other teams in the Scottish Championship, as Kiernan rejected offers from English clubs.

"I'm delighted to get hold of Rob," said Warburton. "He's a boy I know very well from Watford, he's passionate about playing football, technically gifted, great range of pass, 6' 3" and he's a good specimen as well. But Rob just loves playing football. He played comfortably in the Championship last year down south and had offers to go back down into the Championship but when he heard about this here you could hear immediately his excitement."

"The key thing is he wants to be here. He got the offers in the Championship but he wants to be here and that sends out a powerful message," he added.

Building from the back

Warburton has completed his first two signings for Rangers, and given that they are both central defenders, it suggests that the new manager was keen to build his Rangers team from the back.

Rangers released Richard Foster, Bilel Mohsni, Lee McCulloch and Steven Smith earlier this summer, leaving Warburton with few options in defence.

Now, Rangers have Wilson and Kiernan, and the duo should be able to strike up a partnership for years to come - and that was clearly something Warburton wanted to get sorted early into his reign in Glasgow.

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