Gary Mabbutt explains why Tottenham loaned Nathan Oduwa and Dominic Ball to Rangers

Rangers signed Nathan Oduwa and Dominic Ball from Tottenham.

Ball and Oduwa made the switch to Ibrox on loan deals, and Spurs ambassador - and club legend - Gary Mabbutt has admitted to the Daily Record that Mark Warburton played a key role in securing the signings.

Mabbutt, who oversees the loan deals, said: “When the club looks to send someone out we want to know they are working with someone who will develop them and Mark has done that for us in the past. The way he worked with [Alex] Pritchard last year and developed him tells us everything.

“We know Mark does things the way we like to at Spurs which means Nathan and Dominic will be training in the same way as they would be here, only getting competitive first-team football at into the bargain.”

Warburton was in charge at Brentford last year, and he utilised his connections with Spurs to sign Pritchard on a loan deal, and he excelled in the Championship.

A key attacking force for the Bees, the young winger was central to Brentford making it to the play-offs last term, and he was rewarded with a new contract at White Hart Lane over try summer due to his impressive form.

Ball and Oduwa made the switch to Ibrox this summer, and both have started in strong form, with Oduwa winning a number of plaudits.

Mabbutt has admitted that it was Warburton’s influence that convinced Spurs to sanction the loan deals, despite the Scottish Championship being a league low in quality.

The Tottenham management were willing to do a deal with Warburton having seen his impressive training methods, and the added benefit is that Oduwa and Ball will be playing consistent competitive football as well.

Oduwa and Ball will be hoping to make big strides this season, and if they can impress as Pritchard did, first-team roles might be theirs for the taking next term.

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