Warburton optimistic as Rangers attempt to land Lescott, raves about Ibrox-bound Joe Garner

Rangers manager Mark Warburton

Rangers manager Mark Warburton is hoping to land two new faces in the next 48 hours.

Rangers manager Mark WarburtonRangers manager Mark Warburton

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he's optimistic of landing Joleon Lescott, whilst Joe Garner is closing in on a move to Ibrox too.

The Gers boss has signed a host of players so far this summer, but has been on the lookout for another centre-back and another striker to complete his summer activity - and he appears to have closed the net on his top two targets.

Southampton's Shane Long in action with Aston Villa's Joleon LescottSouthampton's Shane Long in action with Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott

According to STV, Aston Villa defender Joleon Lescott will undergo a medical with the Gers having held talks with Rangers boss Warburton earlier this week.

The 34-year-old centre-back endured a miserable year at Villa Park having joined from West Bromwich Albion last summer, and has been frozen out by the club's new manager Roberto Di Matteo.

Rangers manager Mark WarburtonRangers manager Mark Warburton

Lescott is now reportedly on the verge of joining Rangers, and will compete with the likes of Rob Kiernan, Danny Wilson and Clint Hill for a spot in Warburton's defence this season.

The former England international won't be the only player arriving at Ibrox though, as Preston striker Joe Garner is also set to join the club on a three-year deal.

STV reported earlier this week that a £1.5m deal has been agreed with Preston for Garner, who scored just six goals last season but found the net 51 times in the two seasons prior to that.

Joe Garner of Preston North EndJoe Garner of Preston North End

Ahead of this weekend's game with Motherwell, Rangers boss Warburton has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he expects the two deals to be done in the next 48 hours, and is optimistic of landing a player of Lescott's reputation, before raving about striker Garner.

"I hope we can get them to completion in the next 24 to 48 hours max," said Warburton. "I'm optimistic because we have to keep raising the profile of Rangers.

"Players know about the club, know about the history and stature of the club and hopefully we can keep pushing forward. If we can do that and sign players of the right calibre, then it's almost self-fulfilling.

"A player like that adds experience, adds an edge in terms of how he plays the game, in terms of his enjoyment of the game, a variety of goals, comfortable inside and outside the box, movement and a threat. He's a constant threat," he added when talking about Garner.

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