Rangers boss Warburton admits deal to reunite with Adrian Mariappa has stalled

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the match

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has been pursuing an Ibrox reunion with Adrian Mariappa.

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

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told the Daily Record that a deal for free agent defender Adrian Mariappa is 'not live' right now.

The Gers boss saw his side kick off their season with a 2-0 win over Motherwell in the Scottish League Cup on Saturday afternoon, with James Tavernier and Martyn Waghorn finding the net.

Crystal Palace's Adrian Mariappa looks dejected after losing the FA Cup

Summer signings Matt Gilks, Clint Hill, Lee Hodson, Josh Windass and Niko Kranjcar made the bench at Fir Park, and manager Warburton appears to be keen on more new signings.

Even after adding veteran defender Hill and versatile full back Hodson on free transfers, Rangers still need more improvements at the back - and talks were held with Adrian Mariappa last month.

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

The Jamaica international, 29, is a free agent having been released by Crystal Palace earlier this summer, and the Daily Record reported last month that talks had been held over a deal to take Mariappa to Ibrox, where he would reunite with his former Watford youth coach Warburton.

However, the deal has gone quiet in recent weeks, leaving many to wonder whether Mariappa - who can play at right back or centre back - will be heading to Ibrox on a free transfer this summer.

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Manager Warburton was asked about the situation this past weekend, and he told the Daily Record that the deal is 'not live' right now - but is still looking to see how the move develops.

"Mariappa was one of many we were looking at but it’s not live at the moment," said Warburton. "We’ll see how that develops," he added.

Clubs in England may well be keen on Mariappa, whilst his wages could be a problem for Rangers given that he was in the Premier League last season - but with the player still available for free, Rangers appear to be hoping that they still have a chance of landing him this summer.

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