MARK WARBURTON is hopeful Rangers are getting near further additions to the squad – but refused to be drawn on any specific names.
The Light Blues have been linked with a number of names over the last few weeks having already added Emerson Hyndman and Jon Toral, and while delighted to have them on board, the manager also discussed the difficulties of signing new players during the January window.
Speaking at yesterday’s press conference, he explained: “We are the same as every other club in the country, and you hope you are getting closer to your targets if they become available and if the value is right. It’s the same for every other club in the country.
“I’m sure you know me by now, and I’m never going to discuss individual players or targets – far from it. We’ll keep our business private and try and get things over the line.
“The fees for players are always inflated in January as teams don’t want to let their best players go, and teams are already out buying and panicking and end up panic buying. From our point of view it is a very, very difficult window, but the loans, we wanted some quality in key areas, and in Hyndman and Toral we are delighted with what we have secured.”
Rangers travel to Motherwell tomorrow for their first post-break Premiership clash hot off the heels of facing the Steelmen in the Scottish Cup last Saturday.
On that, the manager explained: “It is what it is – another tough test. We went there earlier in the season, and the pitch was in good shape so hopefully it is the same.
“We know what we face and they know what they face. It was a cup-game and a one-off, and we spoke about them coming to a stadium like Ibrox with a great playing surface, and enjoying being free of the shackles of the league.
“From our point of view, we dominated possession but weren’t incisive enough. We still got the results and the rewards at the end, so all credit to the players, and we look forward to the weekend fixture.
“We work teams in terms of moving the ball, and you saw their boy getting cramp towards the end of the game. We had worked them really hard and were delighted with the substitutions in terms of the impact they made adding energy and purpose.
“It was a great ball by Emerson [Hyndman] and Waggy [Martyn Waghorn] likewise with a great cross for Kenny. It’s a team game, it’s a 90-minute game, and we played to the final minute and got the rewards.”