MARK WARBURTON insists the signing of Michael O’Halloran is with a view to greater challenges in the seasons to come rather than simply winning the Championship.

O’Halloran put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half year deal this afternoon and Warburton believes his ability will be a key asset in seasons to come.

The manager explained: “It’s absolutely with an eye towards next season. We would never look at a short-term fix – there is nothing to be gained for Rangers by looking at short-term fixes. It’s all about having strong foundations and looking forward.

“Michael has already shown his quality at a higher level and he has everything we’re looking forward to in terms of attributes.”

Warburton was also quizzed at this evening’s press conference on his overall satisfaction in terms of players-in during the January transfer window.

He declared himself more than happy, insisting he would never have signed anyone simply for the sake of it.

“It can do damage in January by not getting the right players as you destroy the unity in the dressing room,” the manager continued.

“Their work ethic and commitment is terrific, and Saturday’s late winner tells you about their work ethic and commitment, and I would never want to disrupt that.

“I look at my squad tomorrow, and it is the strongest bench I have had since I’ve been at Rangers, and for me, that’s a good sign as to how the squad is looking.

“If you look at your bench and you are happy with it, then you are in a good place.”

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