Warburton responds to reports surrounding Rangers' transfer budget, discusses plan for signings

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Rangers boss Mark Warburton is looking to make permanent signings early.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he wants his permanent signings in at Ibrox early this summer.

The Gers have enjoyed a superb April, first winning the Scottish Championship title and subsequent promotion to the Premiership, before then beating Peterhead 4-0 to win the Petrofac Training Cup.

Rangers' biggest moment of the month came when they beat Old Firm rivals Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final to win a place in the final against Hibernian next month, meaning manager Warburton could end his first season in charge with a remarkable treble.

Regardless, the step-up to the Premiership means Rangers need new signings, and whilst Accrington Stanley duo Josh Windass and Matt Crooks will arrive having signed pre-contract agreements, it's clear that the Gers still need to strengthen.

Speaking ahead of tonight's game at Livingston, Warburton told the Glasgow Evening Times that he will still look for Premier League loans - as he did this season with Dominic Ball and Nathan Oduwa (both Tottenham) and Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal) - but wants his permanent signings in as early as possible to bet them into what is already a strong squad.

"We’ve always tried to get our permanent signings in as early as possible to bed them in knowing any EPL loans will come last week in July, first couple of days in August," said Warburton. "That’s how it always works. They go away with their first teams, they’ll travel wherever they go whether it’s Singapore, Malaysia or North America, then if we do get them it’ll be that last week in July. So get your permanents in as early as possible."

A report from the Daily Mail last week suggested that Warburton has been handed a transfer budget of £5m for this summer, but Warburton responded to that by saying he doesn't have a firm budget.

"We don’t work like that (with a firm budget), we go on a case by case basis and put our players forward and why we think they add value and quality to the squad. Then we go from there. Up until now we’ve had great support. Conversations have been very positive, communication lines between Stewart (Robertson) and Andrew (Dickson) have been first class so we are in a good place right now," he added.

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