Warburton explains how Rangers can beat English giants to sign Matthew Knox

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Rangers are competing with Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham for the signing of teenager Matthew Knox.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told The Scottish Herald that he hopes the prospect of first-team football can help the Gers land Matthew Knox ahead of Premier League clubs.

The Gers have regularly taken players on trial during Warburton's time in charge of the club, and there have been some major successes and some notable failures.

The likes of Maciej Gostomski, Jason Holt and Andy Halliday all earned permanent deals with Rangers having impressed on trial, but players like Reece Wabara, John Eustace, Gai Assulin, George Glendon and Vladislavs Gutkosvskis weren't quite so fortunate.

Now, Warburton is at it again, bringing in Livingston teenager Knox on trial this week, with the highly-rated youngster attracting plenty of interest.

The Scottish Herald note that Premier League clubs such as Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have all taken an interest in signing the 16-year-old forward, who has made three first-team appearances this season.

However, Gers boss Warburton appears to be confident that, if Knox impresses, Rangers can beat those Premier League clubs to Knox's signature.

As quoted by The Scottish Herald, Warburton believes that Rangers could offer a greater chance of first-team football, and thinks young players such as Knox - who he called 'very smart and talented' - should consider that when making a transfer.

"He's just turned 16 and is a very smart and talented boy," said Warburton. "He's confident, good in possession and technically gifted. All of the clubs are interested in a lot of these boys. You hear that Manchester United, or Liverpool, or Chelsea, or Arsenal, but their web is so far reaching and deep that there are a number of players being watched."

"But to go and sign for those clubs and play for those clubs is a different proposition. We'll speak to the powers-that-be, Frank (McParland, chief scout) will do his work and I'll give my football opinion on what I think. I really believe that you've got to show there is a pathway. If there is a glass-ceiling there, you have no chance. If you are saying to an Academy player: Eat well, sleep well, train well, play hard and be the best you can be, but you have no chance of making the first-team, that can't happen," he added.

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