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Rangers boss Mark Warburton discusses his intentions to use the loan market

Rangers manager Mark Warburton (R) and Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs

Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers are expected to loan out some of their more promising youngsters this season.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates winning the Scottish Championship with the trophy

Glasgow Rangers boss Mark Warburton has told the Glasgow Evening Times that a number of the young players at Ibrox could be sent out on loan deals this season.

Rangers benefitted from bringing in players on loan last term, with the likes of Gedion Zelalem and Dominic Ball impressing for Warburton’s men.

However, Rangers have looked to move away from using the loan market since being promoted.

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

The Light Blues have been more keen to sign players on permanent transfers this summer, as Warburton has looked to strengthen his side.

The volume of additions has caused Rangers’ squad to have far more depth to it, meaning it will be much tougher for the Glasgow side’s brightest prospects to break into the senior squad.

Warburton is now looking to utilise the loan market in a different way, and he has suggested that some of the club’s prized prospects could be allowed to move on temporarily.

Warburton said: “It’s a blunt conversation, in the nicest possible way. You turn round and say ‘are you better than Andy Halliday, Jason Holt, Niko Kranjcar, Jordan Rossiter, Harry Forrester?’

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the match

“That’s it, if you’re not there is no point being the 20th man every week and travel with the squad. They won’t develop as players, so they have got to go out and play and we’ve got to encourage them.

“The Under-20 league won’t suit them, they won’t benefit from the Under-20 league, there’s nothing to be gained by that at all. So go out and play competitive football where the guy alongside you needs to pay his mortgage.

“That’s what they need to do and experience what it’s like to lose three points on Saturday.

“If we can get the boys doing that, all the loans will be until Christmas and then we can review each individual loan and go from there.”

Rangers have already loaned out Liam Kelly and Tom Walsh this summer.

Rangers are expected to make at least two more signings before the Scottish Premiership season starts.

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