Warburton comments on 'excellent' Jason Holt's progress since arriving on trial at Rangers

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Rangers boss Mark Warburton has been impressed with trialist Jason Holt.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told The Scotsman that he has been delighted with Jason Holt's progress at Ibrox since arriving on trial.

The Gers boss is looking to add to his squad, and whilst he has snapped up Wes Foderingham, Rob Kiernan and Danny Wilson, other players are still needed.

Former Hearts midfielder Jason Holt arrived on trial earlier this week, having left the Edinburgh club earlier this summer, following a loan spell with Sheffield United last season.

Holt, 22, is looking to win a contract at Ibrox, and did his chances no harm with a goal in the 2-0 friendly win over Ayr United on Wednesday evening.

Warburton will no doubt be considering a permanent deal for Holt, and he admitted to The Scotsman that he has been delighted with the midfielder's performances in training and in pre-season fixtures.

"Jason has come in and done very well," said Warburton. "He is an excellent player and we know the situation. All I am doing now is watching the player train to see if he can add value to our playing squad."

"If he can, I go and speak to the powers-that-be at the club, but, right now, he has been in two or three days and I am delighted to have him in," he added.

Worth a contract?

Holt won't come on a free given that Hearts are entitled to a compensation fee having come up through the ranks at Tynecastle, but Rangers must still consider a deal.

The diminutive midfielder has proven his ability to score goals from midfield, which Warburton will want to see from his options in the middle of the park next season.

Building a team of young, Scottish players will be important to Warburton, and the chance to sign Holt offers Rangers that opportunity - and his goal earlier this week makes a stay all the more likely.

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