Warburton highlights statistic proving why he wants John Eustace at Rangers permanently

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Mark Warburton has commented on John Eustace's progress at Rangers.

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has told The Scotsman that trialist John Eustace is progressing well having undergone knee surgery in January.

Eustace, 35, is a free agent having left Derby County earlier this summer, and is currently on trial at Ibrox in a bid to win a contract with Rangers.

The veteran midfielder brings bags of experience from his time in England, but the deal isn't quite so straightforward given Eustace's recent injury history.

Eustace suffered a season-ending knee injury in January, and given his age, Rangers have valid concerns over whether he can fully bounce back from that injury.

New Rangers manager Warburton - who coached Eustace at Watford - has taken the player on trial in a bid to see how his knee holds up, and told The Scotsman that his progress has been good so far; even highlighting a stat which proves just why he is so keen to bring Eustace to Ibrox permanently.

"John has done well with the physio department," said Warburton. "I know John very well from my Watford days and watching him play against us at Derby. We knew when Derby played with John in the team that they won 88 per cent of their games, I think it was," he added.

Much-needed experience?

Rangers allowed the likes of Lee McCulloch, Ian Black and Kris Boyd to leave the club this summer, and whilst Rangers have brought in four new signings to the first team, none of those arrivals are over the age of 24.

It's therefore unsurprising that Warburton would instead target somebody with vast experience to not only make an impact on the pitch but also help nurture some of Rangers' young talent coming through.

Eustace may not have long left at the top of his game, but he can still offer something - and Warburton is playing it safe by taking him on trial before offering a contract.

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