Mark Warburton makes surprising comment about Rangers' transfer budget

Mark Warburton says his transfer budget at Rangers is smaller than the one he had at Brentford.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told The Scottish Sun that he is operating with a small transfer budget than he had at Brentford.

The Gers boss has enjoyed a superb start to life in the Ibrox dugout, with 12 wins from 13 games in the Scottish Championship so far this term.

It now looks like Rangers are going to be in a fierce battle with Hibernian for the top spot in the Scottish Championship, with both teams desperate to win promotion back to the top flight.

Hibs boss Alan Stubbs - a former Celtic defender - has stoked the rivalry between the two clubs by telling the Evening Times that Rangers have a budget four times the size of Hibernian's, in an attempt to illustrate the gap between the two clubs.

Now, Rangers boss Warburton has responded to those claims to The Scottish Sun, making the surprise suggestion that he is actually working with a smaller budget at Ibrox than the one he had at previous club Brentford.

"As for budgets, we had a smaller budget than Brentford had last year," said Warburton. "It’s not always about the size of your budget, though, it’s about how you best utilise it."

Warburton's summer signings included free transfers such as Wes Foderingham, Danny Wilson and Andy Halliday, as well as loanees Dominic Ball, Gedion Zelalem and Nathan Oduwa.

He did however pay fees to sign James Tavernier, Jason Holt and Martyn Waghorn, but it's hardly as if Rangers are splashing the cash on big-money signings - and Warburton may well be right that it's more about how Rangers have spent their money, not how much money they have spent.

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