Alan Kernaghan comments on Mark Warburton's relationship with Tottenham and Arsenal

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Rangers have used Mark Warburton's contacts in London over the summer.

Former Rangers youth coach Alan Kernaghan has told The Scottish Sun that Mark Warburton's connections with Arsenal and Tottenham have benefited Rangers this season.

Warburton arrived as manager at Ibrox over the summer, and it's fair to say that he has enjoyed a remarkable start to life in Scottish football.

With nine wins from nine games, Warburton still has a 100% record in tact, and with 35 goals in those nine games, Rangers can't stop scoring under their new manager.

New signings such as Martyn Waghorn and James Tavernier have hit the ground running, but it's loan signings who are generating discussion.

Tottenham duo Nathan Oduwa and Dominic Ball are both on season-long loan deals at Ibrox, whilst Gedion Zelalem arrived from Arsenal last month, penning a loan deal until January.

Warburton often used his connections with Arsenal and Spurs whilst managing Brentford, as the likes of Jon Toral and Alex Pritchard moved to Griffin Park on loan in order to work under Warburton.

Now, former Rangers youth coach Alan Kernaghan - who also worked with Warburton at Brentford - has told The Scottish Sun that the connections with the Premier League big boys is a testament to how highly rated the Rangers manager is.

"Mark has also shown by his signings, both permanent and loan, how good his network of contacts is," said Kernaghan. "Spurs and Arsenal don't allow their top young prospects to go elsewhere unless they have a trust in the managers who will be working with them."

The Scottish Championship isn't normally a division Premier League clubs are keen to send their promising young players to, mostly due to the physical style of football, poor standard of football and largely woeful pitches.

Yet in Warburton, it's clear that Rangers have a manager that even the likes of Arsenal and Spurs trust when it comes to developing youth players - and don't be surprised if they send more youngsters to Ibrox during Warburton's reign.

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