What impact could Zola appointment have on Glasgow Rangers-linked Diego Fabbrini at Birmingham City?

Rangers manager Mark Warburton

Rangers boss Mark Warburton is said to be considering bringing Fabbrini, who was signed by Gianfranco Zola at Watford, to Ibrox next month.

Rangers boss Mark Warburton is said to be considering bringing Diego Fabbrini to Ibrox next month.

According to the Daily Record, although Fabbrini is not a priority target, he is on Rangers' radar should Warburton's pursuit of Jota fail to bear fruit.

However, with Jota's situation complicated - he remains contracted to Brentford despite quitting the club for Eibar due to homesickness in January - Fabbrini, who has made only five appearances for Birmingham City season, certainly seems the more likely addition.

Birmingham's Diego Fabbrini in action with Blackburn's Danny Guthrie

Or should that be seemed, with Gianfranco Zola's shock appointment as Birmingham boss - as confirmed by the Blues this evening - likely to have a significant bearing on his compatriot's future at St. Andrew's and perhaps dent Rangers' hopes of signing him.

Former Watford manager Gianfranco Zola

Zola was in charge of Watford when Fabbrini arrived three years ago, and used him in all but four of his 20 matches that season, which could prompt a return to favour for the playmaker at Birmingham, and leave the likes of Jacques Maghoma - a favourite of previous boss Gary Rowett, who also managed him at Burton Albion - at risk.

As for Warburton - the Rangers boss might soon be on to Plan C.

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