Rangers boss Mark Warburton not happy with Aston Villa chairman

Rangers manager Mark Warburton

Tony Xia's claims regarding the failure of the Joleon Lescott deal have been refuted by the Gers boss.

Rangers manager Mark WarburtonRangers manager Mark Warburton

This week saw Rangers’ move to sign Joleon Lescott from Aston Villa on a free transfer fail to materialise.

The reasons because of the failure in this deal were mixed.

New owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conferenceNew owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conference

The BBC reported he failed a medical whilst Sky Sports claimed he decided against a move as he did not want to uproot his family.

Not long after it had emerged that the deal had collapsed Aston Villa chairman Tony Xia sent out this tweet regarding the reason behind the deal collapsing:

Those claims do not sit well with Rangers boss Mark Warburton.

Speaking after Rangers’ 2-1 win over Motherwell at Ibrox today the Rangers boss is reported as making it clear family reasons were behind Lescott’s decision to reject a move to Glasgow, before claiming Xia’s statement was ‘absolute nonsense’ – as reported by the Daily Record.

Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott goes off injuredAston Villa's Joleon Lescott goes off injured

Warburton is not one to mince his words and it is clear he was not pleased with what the Aston Villa supremo had to say about the deal.

Rangers are now set to move on with former Aston Villa defender Philippe Senderos seemingly a free agent option at the back.

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