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Mariner believes Rangers' Van Persie move not dead yet

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Glasgow Rangers boss Mark Warburton has been linked with bringing a very big-name striker to Ibrox.

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Paul Mariner has told ESPN that he believes Rangers could still sign Robin van Persie, despite manager Mark Warburton laughing off the rumours on Thursday.

Speculation has mounted that Rangers could sign the former Arsenal and Manchester United hitman, but Warburton seemed pretty unequivocal in his claims that the 32-year-old was not among his striking targets when he spoke to the media yesterday.

Nevertheless, the Rangers boss's denial has not stemmed the tide of speculation and the Gers remain 8/11 favourites to sign the Dutch legend - now plying his trade with Fenerbahce in Turkey - with Sky Bet.

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

So much of his Arsenal career was hampered by injuries but Van Persie has stayed injury-free for the most part over the past four or five years.

And Mariner believes that the Rangers boss could indeed swoop for him despite publicly rubbishing the rumours recently.

"This is interesting. Warburton, the Rangers head coach, tried to laugh this off a little bit, but I'll tell you what: if Robin van Persie's fit, and he's able to get around, I say Rangers take him," he told ESPN.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the match

Despite Mariner's optimism, it does still seem wholly unlikely that Rangers will sign Van Persie, who has 144 Premier League goals under his belt throughout his time in England.

At one stage in the not too distant past, Van Persie was arguably one of the world's top three strikers and luring him to Rangers seems a tad bit too ambitious.

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