Mark Warburton comments Rangers' January transfer plans, admits discussions with Ibrox duo

Rangers manager Mark Warburton

Mark Warburton has admitted that he has been speaking to Stewart Robertson and Andrew Dickson ahead of the January transfer window.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told a press conference, as seen on the club's official YouTube channel, that he will consider loan moves after Niko Kranjcar's injury.

Kranjcar, 32, was one of Rangers' marquee signings over the summer, joining the club on a free transfer from American side New York Cosmos, with the Gers handing him a two-year deal.

Rangers manager Mark WarburtonRangers manager Mark Warburton

A big-name playmaker who made his name in the Premier League with Portsmouth, Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers, Kranjcar was seen as a player who could bring some creativity and flair to the Rangers side, and after a slow start to the season, he began to find his best form.

However, Kranjcar is now out for six months having picked up a torn anterior cruciate ligament in training last month, and his season may well be over, leaving Rangers with a hole to fill in midfield.

Josh Windass appears to have taken that role, but with Joey Barton's Rangers career seemingly over, Warburton may yet want to bring in another midfielder during the January transfer window.

Ranger's Niko Kranjcar in action with Burnley's Scott ArfieldRanger's Niko Kranjcar in action with Burnley's Scott Arfield

Today, manager Warburton spoke at a press conference – as seen on the club's official YouTube channel – admitted that he could look to bring in a new signing in January, suggesting that Rangers could look to the loan market.

Rangers utilised the loan market last season by signing the likes of Dominic Ball, Gedion Zelalem and Nathan Oduwa, and Warburton's comments suggest that a loan move could be Rangers' solution to Kranjcar's injury.

Warburton also revealed that he speaks to managing director Stewart Robertson and Head of Football Administration Andrew Dickson every day about the January transfer window, as it's important for him to put forward his ideas and transfer targets – but acknowledged that the January transfer window is 'difficult'.

General view outside the stadium before the matchGeneral view outside Ibrox

“We have to look at it in terms of what options we have,” said Warburton. “Maybe...maybe, if the right player becomes available, we may go for a loan option, possibly. That may be the route we might take, but we have Jordan Rossiter coming back to fitness, we have Matt Crooks getting fit, you see from Josh [Windass], [Jason] Holt and Andy Halliday, what they can do on a regular basis, so we have some options there. It's making sure we have the strength in depth as you go into the winter period. We'll see how the squad shapes up.”

“It's every day. It's important to have the lines of communication. We speak to Stewart and Andrew every day, I spoke to them just now after training, I'll speak to them again this afternoon, and I've always emphasised the quality of the communication. We've got to put forward our ideas, our targets, possible targets and viable opportunities, whatever it may be, but January is notoriously difficult,” he added.

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