Warburton: 'No deadline' as trialist John Eustace bids to stay at Rangers permanently

Rangers boss Mark Warburton is being patient with trialist John Eustace.

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has told Herald Scotland that there is 'no deadline' for trialist John Eustace as he bids to win a contract at Ibrox.

Warburton has brought in seven new signings to his first team this summer, with Wes Foderingham, James Tavernier, Rob Kiernan, Danny Wilson, Andy Halliday, Jason Holt and Martyn Waghorn all arriving at Ibrox.

However, the new manager isn't finished just yet, with more reinforcements planned before the summer transfer deadline passes.

One player who could join the ranks permanently is midfielder John Eustace, who is currently on trial with Rangers having left Derby County earlier this summer.

The 35-year-old hasn't played since January having suffered a season-ending knee injury, and Rangers have been giving Eustace time to get back up to speed as a result.

Now, Warburton has told Herald Scotland that whilst Eustace is stepping up his recovery, there is 'no deadline' over a bid to earn a permanent deal.

"He’ll be with the group out on the training ground later this week, which is a good sign. There is no deadline for him," said Warburton. "I’m always looking at options to improve the quality we have and John would do that but, as you saw against Burnley and Hibs, we already have choices in those positions," he added.

Rangers have a number of players who can pass the ball in the middle of the park, such as Jason Holt, Nicky Law and Dean Shiels - but Eustace can provide something Rangers don't have.

Eustace has experience, and sits in front of the back four, intercepting passes and breaking up play - which allows those more creative players to get forward.

That could be vital for Rangers, and Warburton will know just how important that is having worked with Eustace during their time together at Watford.

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