Mark Warburton explains what Rangers will continue to do in the transfer market

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates after being promoted to the Scottish Premiership

The Gers have secured several excellent deals this summer.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the matchRangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates

Mark Warburton has defended Rangers’ methods in the transfer market after coming under criticism in recent weeks.

The club have used a regulatory loophole to snare some of the top talent from England at a fraction of their market value and Warburton insists Rangers will continue to use these tactics in a bid to stay competitive.

“We have to find a way of attracting talent,” said the Gers boss, in quotes published by the Daily Record.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton with Martyn Waghorn at the end of the matchRangers manager Mark Warburton with Martyn Waghorn

"It’s a UEFA guideline and the club have followed strict protocol. English clubs are terrified of tribunals because you never know what will happen. For us, it’s more defined - we know exactly what a player will cost us. And it’s important that we use every possible advantage. No club wants to lose their best young players but the English clubs are aware of the situation – it’s a UEFA directive.

“All clubs like Rangers are doing is following it. There were some comments made regarding Crooks and Windass coming here but all we did was adhere to UEFA guidelines. It’s a loophole for us. It helps us with targets and recruitment. Could we afford to buy certain players without it? No we couldn’t,” he added.

The regulations around cross-border transfers mean that the likes of Rangers and Celtic don’t have to go to a tribunal to work out a compensation fee when signing out-of-contract young talent from England.

Liverpool's Jordan Rossiter in action against Bordeaux's Nicolas Maurice BelayJordan Rossiter in action against Bordeaux's Nicolas Maurice Belay

Jordan Rossiter and Joe Dodoo would have commanded substantial fees - following a tribunal - had an English club attempted to sign them, but SPL club’s conveniently avoid that scenario.

Warburton has continuously harnessed his knowledge of the English lower leagues since he became Gers boss and this summer he has complimented that by landing some real coups.

Scotland's Scott Brown (L) and Croatia's Niko Kranjcar in actionScotland's Scott Brown (L) and Croatia's Niko Kranjcar in action

Highly-rated youngsters Rossiter, Dodoo, Crooks and Windass have been joined by the likes of Niko Kranjcar, Joey Barton and Clint Hill to add real quality and Premier League experience to the squad.

Warburton is tasked with challenging Celtic for the SPL title at the first time of asking next season and he has had to be shrewd about his business this summer in an effort to achieve that goal.

Whether or not his team is ready to challenge the Hoops remains to be seen but he has certainly laid the foundations of a very strong unit at Ibrox.

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