MARK WARBURTON is hoping it will not be too long before he is able to add a few new names to his squad for next season, with the manager saying the club is ‘very close now on two or three very good recruits’.
On a near daily basis it seems Rangers are linked with a different transfer target, which goes with the territory at this time of year.
But while Warburton is focused on his side’s Scottish Cup Final showdown against Hibs on May 21, he admits the hunt for new players continues with lots of groundwork already put in.
He said: “It’s just an on-going process, people throw a hundred names and hope that one or two might stick, which I find quite bizarre.
“It’s very different up north than it is down south, that’s for sure. But the work’s been getting done now for a number of weeks.
“Frank McParland [Rangers’ Head of Recruitment] is in my mind the best in the business, and a lot of work had been done between myself and Stewart Robertson and Andrew Dickson.
A lot of work has been done at this point and we’re very close now on two or three very good recruits.
“We know what we need, we know the areas we need to strengthen, we know we have a good core to the squad now, but there is no doubt that going to the next level where – if hopefully all goes well against Hibs with European football as well – that we have to make sure we have the strength and depth.
“So we run the risk this year, we knew what we were doing in terms of a lean squad, but we must never lose sight of the fact that every player must see a pathway to the first team.
“If we get that wrong then I think the unity of the group will suffer.”
When asked if he will wait until after the Scottish Cup Final before adding new faces to his squad, the manager responded: “No, the works going on, whenever it happens it happens.
“Obviously the focus will be on the Cup final but that doesn’t mean we can’t multitask, my wife keeps telling me! But we have to multitask and we have to make sure that the recruitment angle is really focused upon.
“We’ll do as much work as early as possible. The Euros will impact it, the Euros mean that a lot of people go shopping early and to use that term, ‘the shelves will be bare’.
“So we have to make sure we get them in as early as possible, ideally the permanent signing back here for June 18.”