Rangers scout Frank McParland admits Warburton was central to Ibrox switch

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Rangers appointed former Liverpool scout Frank McParland as head of scouting at Ibrox.

McParland was appointed chief scout at Ibrox, and he has admitted to the Daily Record that linking up with Mark Warburton was the key factor behind his move to the Gers.

McParland said: “Mark and I go back a long way. We’ve had a close friendship for nine years or so and we’ve worked together professionally for four or five years now. The lure of joining up with him again was just too great.”

McParland is best known for his time spent with Liverpool, as head of scoring operations of the Merseyside club. He is credited with bringing the likes of Jordon Ibe and Raheem Sterling to Anfield, whilst he has also worked with Watford and Brentford - coinciding with Warburton’s time at each club.

He heads to Ibrox to lead their revamped scouting system, that Warburton has insisted upon since his arrival as manager over the summer.

He wants to ensure that Rangers can unearth hidden gems ahead of their rivals, bringing them in for cheap rather than being forced to pay big money for established stars.

The benefit of this system is that young players are the key targets, and Warburton has proven his ability in developing youngsters into proven talents. This talent could work perfectly alongside McParland’s scouting skills, as if he can discover someone like Sterling or Ibe, Rangers will be benefitting for a number of years.

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