I turned down Rangers-bound John Eustace, says Tony Mowbray

The Coventry City boss was alerted to the 35-year old’s availability but did not pursue a deal.

Rangers look set to secure another signing this summer in the form of John Eustace, with manager Mark Warburton revealing there has been ‘good progress’ in talks over a deal, as reported by the Herald Scotland.

The former Coventry City captain was released by Derby County this summer and is considering his next move, but current Coventry boss and ex-Celtic manager Tony Mowbray has rejected any talk of a return to the Ricoh Arena for the veteran midfielder.

He said in the Coventry Telegraph: “He was a name that was thrown at me and he’s an experienced player, the type that helps drag the team along on those Tuesday nights in the middle of winter when you’re trying to get a result.

“But I didn’t pursue it.”

Mowbray highlighted balance in the midfield as the reason for his lack of interest in Eustace, stating: “With respect to John we have Fleck who is a certain type of footballer and I wasn’t sure of the balance of a Eustace alongside a Fleck was right.

“I think you’d have to change the shape of the team if you were to have a player like John Eustace... play a different shape to the one we started to develop last season.”

Eustace broke into the Coventry team during their Premier League years and became the club’s captain at just 22 years of age. He went on to have spells at six additional clubs including Stoke, Watford and Dundee United, making a total of 434 career appearances.

His playing time was limited last season at Derby, however, and he managed only 13 appearances in the Championship before his release in June.

Experience and know-how is precisely what Warburton will be after as he looks to build a squad capable of securing promotion to the Scottish Premiership at his first attempt and Eustace ticks all the boxes. The former Brentford boss has spoken of the midfielder in glowing terms, describing him as ‘ultra-professional’ and a ‘role model’, and it’s characters like these that will be vital for Rangers’ promotion hopes.

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