Mark Warburton responds when asked about Rangers' interest in Preston striker Joe Garner

Rangers manager Mark Warburton

Rangers boss Mark Warburton remained coy when asked about the possibility of Joe Garner heading to Ibrox.

Rangers manager Mark WarburtonRangers manager Mark Warburton

Rangers manager Mark Warburton remained coy when asked about a deal for Preston North End striker Joe Garner, as quoted by The Sunday Post.

The Gers beat Dundee 2-1 on Saturday afternoon as Harry Forrester and Kenny Miller found the net, but it's no great secret that manager Warburton is keen to add another striker before the transfer window closes.

Preston's Joe Garner celebrates scoring the first goalPreston's Joe Garner celebrates scoring

The aforementioned Miller turns 37 in December, last season's top goalscorer Martyn Waghorn is currently out injured, and summer signing Joe Dodoo, who arrived from Leicester City, is seen as one for the future and may play wide this season.

A true centre forward is wanted by Warburton, and strong reports have emerged that Rangers are pushing to get a deal for Preston's Joe Garner over the line.

Joe Garner of Preston North End in action with Adam Forshaw of MiddlesbroughJoe Garner of Preston North End in action with Adam Forshaw of Middlesbrough

The Scottish Sun report that Rangers are closing in on Garner, and after the 28-year-old played 90 minutes against Fulham on Saturday, Preston boss Simon Grayson told the Lancashire Evening Post that he has received an approach from Rangers for the striker.

Garner may have only hit six goals last season, but with 51 goals in his previous two campaigns, the boyhood Preston supporter has been a key player for Grayson and a fan favourite at Deepdale - but Ibrox may end up being his new home if reports are to be believed.

After Rangers beat Dundee, manager Warburton was asked about the situation - but, true to form, he was coy about the matter, suggesting that Garner is merely one of a number of players Rangers are linked with, and the club themselves didn't leak the story about closing in on his signature.

Rangers manager Mark WarburtonRangers manager Mark Warburton

"Right now we’re looking at various options," Warburton told The Sunday Post. "He is one of a number of names mentioned. He’s one of about four or five strikers, and four or five defenders we’re linked to. All we do is go about our business. When the contract is signed and the ink’s still wet, we might let you know."

"Nothing’s changed. I read the story this morning, and I don’t know if it’s come from an agent somewhere. It’s certainly got nothing to do with us," he added.

A hard working striker with a real edge to his game, Garner has plenty of experience leading the line on his own from his time at Preston, and whilst he'll never be described as the biggest or quickest of strikers, he is superb in the air and links up play well - attributes that Warburton may well be keen to add to his side.

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