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Mark Warburton looking to strengthen Rangers' links with English clubs

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has plenty of contacts in England, through his time working at Brentford.

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has suggested to the Scottish Herald that he is already laying down plans for the summer transfer window.

Warburton wants to strengthen Rangers’ relationship with a number of Premier League clubs south of the border, ahead of next campaign.

The Light Blues have already benefitted from taking a number of players on loan from England, and Warburton is hopeful of bringing more on board in the future.

“Frank does it from his recruitment point of view and through his contact base, which is really extensive,” Warburton explained.

“David and I will go into Everton, Liverpool or Manchester City. We know the guys at City really well.

“If I’m back home, I go into to Tottenham or Arsenal. They are tremendous clubs and we can learn so much from them.

“If we can strengthen those relationships, we will be in a good place.

“I was at Spurs this week and speaking with Arsenal. They know what is expected up here.

“We look at players we think can add value and who we can help in terms of their development, but there are a number of clubs going for the same players, so we have to try and sell Rangers.”

Warburton has brought the likes of Nathan Oduwa and Dominic Ball on loan from Tottenham Hotspur this season, while Gedion Zelalem has signed from Arsenal.

The transfers have worked to a mixed effect. Ball and Zelalem have both been excellent additions for the Gers, but Oduwa’s loan wasn’t quite as productive.

Warburton feels the building relationships with English clubs is key, as he believes the gap in the standard of football between the two countries is only growing wider.

“The gap (between England and Scotland) is getting wider and we have to recognise it," he added. 

“They will plunder the best Scottish players because that’s where the value is, but you are far better working with them than against them.”

Warburton is likely to be building a Rangers squad which will have to be ready to compete in the top tier of Scottish football again next term, as they are currently 14 points clear at the top of the Scottish Championship table.

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