Warburton makes bold statement when giving verdict on Rangers signings

Rangers manager Mark Warburton

Rangers have made as many as nine signings this summer.

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

Rangers boss Mark Warburton believes his side have made some great value signings this summer and hints that the club’s budget is enough to compete with the likes of Celtic, Evening Times report.

The Gers have made their return to the Scottish Premiership following a four-year absence and strengthened accordingly, bringing in numerous players including the likes of Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar.

Rivals Celtic have likewise strengthened, and most recently Scott Sinclair (reported as £3.5 million) has arrived at Celtic Park for a fee which has likely eclipsed all of Rangers’ deals combined.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton

Warburton, however, has suggested that his budget allows Rangers to compete with the Hoops and believes that the likes of Barton, Rossiter and Dodoo represent great value buys compared to deals down south.

"Look at Jordan Rossiter at 19.When you look at some of the fees being paid for players down south we got great value there. The same with Joe Dodoo, a very talented player,” Warburton told Evening Times.

"Joey Barton could go and play Premier League. You could attach values to these players but it's how you use your money. A key word is expectation. If I’m with a club down south and someone has a budget of £25m and my budget is £10m then that's a tough one.”

"If their budget is £25m and mine is £18m then I think I can deal with that."

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Rangers will be expected to challenge Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title this season, yet the likes of Hearts and Aberdeen will also feel they have enough to compete at the top of the table.

The Gers have brought in a mix of potential and experience this summer, and it will be up to Warburton to find the right formula in order to get the best out of the squad at his disposal.

Rangers started their season with a 1-1 draw at home to Hamilton Academical, and this weekend they face Dundee.

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