Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates winning the Scottish Championship with the trophy
Rangers manager Mark Warburton has raved about Ibrox recruitment chief Frank McParland in an interview with The Scottish Sun.
The Gers boss has earned rave reviews for his work at Ibrox, winning the Scottish Championship and the Petrofac Training Cup in his first season in charge, whilst he also guided Rangers to the Scottish Cup final, only to lose to Hibernian.
Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the match
Warburton will be looking to build on that success in his second season, but much of the focus for now is on transfers and who is arriving at Ibrox.
Ahead of their big return to the Scottish Premiership, Rangers have already landed four new faces, with Matt Crooks, Josh Windass, Jordan Rossiter and Joey Barton all arriving so far.
Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates after being promoted to the Scottish Premiership
More new additions will be needed for Rangers, and the man at the heart of the club's transfer plans isn't so much Warburton, but rather Head of Recruitment Frank McParland.
The former Liverpool academy director started the season at Burnley, but left Turf Moor to reunite with Warburton and assistant David Weir, having worked together at Brentford.
Rangers manager Mark Warburton (R) and Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs
McParland has been vital in signing Barton and Rossiter, and now manager Warburton has moved to rave about him and how he's enabling Rangers to sign players they wouldn't have had a chance to land a year ago, when the 'very well-connected' McParland wasn't at the club.
"I can’t give Frank enough credit for the work he’s doing for me and Rangers," said Warburton. "I was absolutely delighted to bring him to the club because I knew how important, how valuable, he was going to be in what we’re trying to do. Frank has a fantastic eye for a player but he’s also very well connected."
"A year ago we wouldn’t have had a chance of bringing someone like Joey Barton to the club. However, Frank knows Joey very well and that relationship provided us with a great chance of getting him. It allowed us to establish contact and ultimately bring Joey to Glasgow for talks."
"The same goes for Jordan Rossiter. Frank knew all about him from his days working for Liverpool — so when there was an opportunity to sign the lad we moved as quickly as we could. I said right from the outset that bringing in Frank, and his ability in recruitment, was going to prove crucial for our hopes. So far, you can see the value of Frank being here," he added.
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