Rangers are able to loan promising players due to Warburton’s reputation, claims Keith Downing

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Rangers have benefited from loaning players from Tottenham and Arsenal this season.

Rangers brought in Gedion Zelalem, Nathan Oduwa and Dominic Ball over the summer transfer window on loan, and England Under-20 boss Keith Downing has told the Evening Times that Mark Warburton’s reputation was central to the Gers being able to sign these Premier League youngsters.

Downing said: “I know Mark through reputation but I have not worked with him. He has got a good reputation in the game, he is a very level headed manager and has got good experience of working with and bringing on youngsters. Nathan [Oduwa] is obviously in safe hands with him. Clubs won’t send youngsters to Rangers if they didn’t think that.”

Oduwa and Zelalem - of Tottenham and Arsenal respectively - have been central parts of Warburton’s team this season, whilst Ball - of Spurs - has been used slightly less consistently, but all three have impressed in the Scottish Championship.

Despite the lack of competition in the division, and the lower level of quality, the move is actually perfect for a young, talented player who is hoping to make it at the top level of the game.

All three loanees are young and technically gifted, but doubts remain about their physicality and ability to suit with the senior game, and they are now playing on loan in a division renowned for its tough nature.

However, they are playing in a physical league under a manager who focuses upon improving these technical skills, with Warburton starting his career as a youth coach.

Players always seem to develop well under Warburton, and it is this reputation in the game which has allowed Rangers to benefit in the short-term, whilst Arsenal and Tottenham will be benefiting in the long-term.

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