Brentford boss explains Diagouraga's FA Cup absence amid Rangers rumours

Brentford’s Toumani Diagouraga has been linked with a move to Rangers.

Brentford boss Dean Smith says he is fully aware that Toumani Diagouraga’s absence from his side’s FA Cup tie will prompt more rumours but insists he was merely rested, the Mirror reports.

The hardworking midfielder has been linked with a move to Rangers over the past few days, with reports in the Daily Mail suggesting the Championship club had rejected a bid in the region of £100,000.

Diagouraga’s absence from Brentford’s clash with Walsall intensified rumours that a move to Scotland was on the cards, but boss Dean Smith refused to get drawn into the speculation when quizzed on the subject.

“I know how it will look, but it was the right decision [to rest Diagouraga and Burnley-linked James Tarkowski]. They will be back in the squad [against Middlesbrough],” Smith explained.

Diagouraga was a firm favourite under Mark Warburton during the Rangers boss’ stint at Brentford last season and a move to Ibrox seemingly interests the defensive midfielder.

“I’m aware of Rangers’ interest and I’m very flattered by it. I know they are a massive club and, of course, I’d be very interested in playing again for Mark," he told The Scottish Sun.

Should the 28-year-old move north of the border, he would undoubtedly be missed at Griffin Park as he is very much a first-team regular and the club’s outstanding holding midfielder.

Diagouraga has featured 25 times in the Championship thus far, impressing as the Bees recovered from a slow start to now push on towards the playoff places.

Having already landed Harry Forrester and Maciej Gostomski, as well as Matt Crooks and Josh Windass on pre-contract agreements, Diagouraga joining would top off a busy period for Rangers.

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