MARK WARBURTON insists the transfer dealings of other clubs don’t bother him, with the manager remaining confident his current squad have what it takes to get over the Championship finishing line.
Second –placed Hibernian have added numbers in recent weeks to their ranks while Rangers have added just two players so far in the shape on Harry Forrester and Maciej Gostomski right at the start of the window.
But Warburton remains unconcerned with the perceived lack of transfer business taking place at Auchenhowie.
The manager explained: “With the greatest respect to any team, it’s not about them, it’s about us. Don’t forget we are five points clear at the top of the league, are in the Petrofac Cup Final and have a Scottish Cup match next weekend.
“They are not doing badly – the squad is in good shape and we have been playing well.
“If we can find someone at the right value that adds the right quality, then we’ll do it, if not, then we are perfectly happy.
“It’s very hard to get business done in January. Teams are reluctant to lose their best players, so it is a difficult one, though it is nowhere near as difficult in the summer.
“We are making progress, and if we get one or two over the line, then fantastic, if not, then we are in a strong position.”
The transfer window will shut on Monday night, but even if no transfer business has been concluded by that point, Warburton insists he won’t be pressured into making any rash decisions.
He continued: “The worst thing you can do is panic buy just for the sake of it. The market creates this countdown which is fantastic entertainment on TV – and that’s great if you are sitting watching it with your feet up.
“If you’re involved in it though, you can make poor decisions and the danger is those decisions can cost you.”
Falkirk are the visitors to Ibrox on Saturday in the Championship, and despite watching the Bairns go down 3-1 to Dundee on Tuesday, Warburton believes there to be very little gap between the first and second tiers of football in Scotland.
He added: “I thought for the first hour they were very comfortable – or that’s what I saw anyway. This gap, as far as I see it, is nowhere near as you guys make out.
“It is much closer between the top three or four in the Championship and the Premiership.”