Mark Warburton responds to Vladislavs Gutkovskis' plea for permanent Rangers contract

Latvian forward Vladislavs Gutkovskis wants a permanent deal with Rangers.

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has told The Scotsman that he will only sign trialists that improve his squad after Vladislavs Gutkovskis pleaded for a permanent deal at Ibrox.

The Gers boss has been active in bringing players in from English football, but trialists have been a big feature of his time in charge so far.

Some players, such as Wes Foderingham, Maciej Gostomski, Andy Halliday and Jason Holt have all earned permanent contracts off the back of their impressive displays on trial, but others haven't been quite so lucky.

Reece Wabara, John Eustace, George Glendon and Gai Assulin all arrived for training but didn't win contracts under Warburton, and one player's situation remains up in the air.

Striker Vladislavs Gutkovskis is one of the up-and-coming stars of Latvian football, and the Skonto Riga youngster joined Rangers on trial last month.

So far, Rangers haven't given the giant 20-year-old forward a deal, but it's clear that the striker wants a permanent move to Ibrox.

Gutkovskis told The Scottish Sun earlier this week that he is delaying moves to Sparta Prague or Dukla Prague because he is holding out for a move to Rangers, having been so impressed with the club during his time there.

However, manager Warburton has been asked the question about Gutkovskis by The Scotsman, and seemed to play down the prospect of a deal for the Latvian prospect.

"We look at a number of players," said Warburton. "If he’s as good as what we’ve got, then why add to it? It’s important that any player brings us something we don’t currently have," he added.

Should Rangers sign Gutkovskis permanently?

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