By Will Butcher

Mark Warburton is prepared to enter the January transfer window for new signings – but will not be forced to offload any of his current players.

The 54-year-old manager is coming under increasing pressure to improve his side’s fortunes on the pitch, as the Gers sit eight points behind Old Firm rivals Celtic in the Scottish Premiership despite playing two more games.

Speaking ahead of Wednesday night’s away clash against Hearts, former Brentford boss Warburton claimed he is ready to add to his squad if they are available at the right price.

“There is no team in this land who can’t improve,” Warburton said, as quoted by the Gers’ official Twitter account. “That is the same in every industry.

“If the right people are available at the right price we’ll move in January. Players don’t have to go out for players to come in.”

The 54-time Scottish champions already possess a large squad, after making 11 summer signings including the likes of Joe Garner, Niko Kranjcar and Josh Windass.

Warburton’s side have been rumoured to be interested in bringing in a striker as Martyn Waghorn’s contract dispute continues to cloud his future. Bristol Rovers’ hotshot Matty Taylor is the latest player to be reportedly on Warburton’s radar.

Currently sitting in second, Warburton’s have won seven of their 14 Scottish Premiership encounters.

A win against high flying Hearts would consolidate Rangers’ position behind Celtic in the top flight of Scottish football, but will face a difficult test in Robbie Neilson’s side who are currently fourth.

In other Rangers news, this is the predicted side that will take to the field to face Hearts on Wednesday night.