Warburton gives update on John Eustace, claims Rangers deal is moving closer

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Rangers manager Mark Warburton claims a deal for John Eustace is 'not too far away'.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told the club's official website that trialist John Eustace has suffered a setback, but a deal is moving closer.

The Gers boss has already added a host of new signings this summer, bringing in nine new arrivals - and he hasn't finished just yet, even after the club's superb start to the new season.

Midfielder Eustace, 35, left Derby County at the end of his contract earlier this summer, and has been training with Rangers for over six weeks now in a bid to earn a deal at Ibrox.

With Warburton calling the shots - the man who coached Eustace at Watford - the veteran has a great chance of earning a long-term stay with Rangers, but he has to prove his fitness first.

Eustace suffered a season-ending knee injury in January, and having not played since that blow, there are valid concerns over his fitness and ability to play through an entire season at his age.

Now, Warburton has admitted to the Rangers official website that Eustace has suffered a setback in his recovery from injury - but a deal to keep him at Ibrox permanently is moving closer, with Warburton clearly a huge fan of the midfield general who has racked up over 400 appearances during his career so far.

"John's training, he had a small setback but he's getting closer," said Warburton. "He's adding so much value off the pitch as well and I know all about the quality he has on it. So we are not too far away now," he added.

With bags of experience, Eustace could help nurture some of the burgeoning young talent at Ibrox, but ultimately fans will only be on board with the deal if he can offer something on the pitch too.

Warburton has so far played the situation well, giving Eustace a chance to prove his fitness in training over a long period of time, but a decision needs to be made soon over whether Eustace is staying long-term or not.

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