By Alex Stevens
Mark Warburton has confirmed that Rangers hope to complete the signing of striker Joe Dodoo in time for him to make his debut on Tuesday.
The 21-year-old attacker has spent the last week training with the Scottish giants and is in advanced talks to move from Leicester.
Dodoo, who can play as either the spearhead of the attack or in a flank role, has said he is hopeful a deal can be finalised for him to become the club’s ninth summer signing.
Warburton admitted Rangers are closing on the deal but has said there is still some work to be done to complete the transfer.
Nevertheless, the Ibrox club are hopeful of registering Dodoo in time for him tomake his debut, along with midfielder Joey Barton, against Annan on Tuesday.
“If we can get the paperwork completed, Joe will be a good one for us” Warburton said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “If we can, I’d like to involve him on Tuesday.
“Joey Barton will be involved on Tuesday in some capacity. Lee Hodson will start, as will Matt Gilks and Clint Hill.”
Warburton has spoken of how impressed he has been by Dodoo in training this week after the player gave the thumbs-up to a move to Scotland.
“We are hoping to get it sorted,” Dodoo told the Glasgow Evening Times. “I have enjoyed my time in Glasgow this week and the staff and the rest of the players have made it easy for me to settle in.
“We are in talks and are trying to get something sorted out. We don’t really know exactly what’s happening yet. Hopefully something can be agreed in the next 24 hours.”
It is unclear whether the former England youth international transfer to Rangers will be permanent or temporary as his contract with Leicester has expired.
Dodoo has been offered new terms by the Foxes but it appears certain that he will be moving to Ibrox as the transfer is finalised.
Rangers can prise Dofoo from England for compensation fee of just £250,000 due to Fifa rules for players under the age of 24.
The right-winger made one league appearance for Leicester last season, as they stunned the football world to lift the Premier League title.
Barton, Hodson, Gilks, Hill, Matt Crooks, Niko Kranjcar, Jordan Rossiter and Josh Windass have all joined the 2015-16 Championship winners.
In other Rangers transfer news, the club have been given an emphatic response in their pursuit of a free-scoring striker from England’s lower leagues.