Mark Warburton wanted him at Rangers in June 2016, Adrian Mariappa now in fine form for Watford

Adrian Mariappa of Watford celebrates as Will Hughes of Watford scores their first goal during the Premier League match between Watford and West Ham United at Vicarage Road on November 19,...

The Jamaican international is proving a pivotal member of the high flying Watford side in the Premier League.

Adrian Mariappa of Watford during the Premier League match between Watford and West Ham United at Vicarage Road on November 19, 2017 in Watford, England.Adrian Mariappa of Watford during the Premier League match between Watford and West Ham United

Rangers have certainly not thrived since their return to the top-flight of Scottish football. Mark Warburton struggled to succeed in the top-flight at Ibrox, whilst Pedro Caixinha has not lasted long in his role at the Glasgow club.

They have struggled to bring in real quality to the club and some of those they have missed out on have since impressed at a higher level.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton thumbs up on arrival at the stadium prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 31, 2016 in...Former Rangers manager Mark Warburton 

Adrian Mariappa has been in fine form for Watford recently, despite not many a fan at the club being overawed when the Hertfordshire side decided to bring him back to Vicarage Road last August.

Of course, he could have easily ended up at Rangers. In June of that year Rangers were in extensive talks with the player regarding a move to Ibrox. Mark Warburton and David Weir, manager and assistant manager at the time, were even pictured chatting to the Jamaican international. Warburton knew the player from his own time at Watford and he would have been a perfect addition to strengthen the Ibrox side’s flaky defence.

Adrian Mariappa of Watford celebrates as Will Hughes of Watford scores their first goal during the Premier League match between Watford and West Ham United at Vicarage Road on November 19,...Adrian Mariappa of Watford celebrates 

But no deal ever came off, which Rangers fans would have hardly felt was a big deal. Mariappa’s better days appeared to be behind him. However, at 31, he is having an Indian summer with Watford. He has played nine times for Watford this season, who are currently sitting in the higher echelons of the Premier League table.

If only Rangers could have convinced him to head to Glasgow last June, they might have a solid rock at the heart of their defence today.

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