By Harvey Byrne

Former Scotland Football Association chief executive Gordon Smith believes that Diego Poyet would suit the type of signings Mark Warburton is looking to make with Rangers.

The 61-year-old, who played for Rangers, while also becoming the director of the club for the 2011-12 season believes that the young Poyet would fit the profile more than Joey Barton ever did.

Barton, 34, moved to Ibrox in the summer, but it took him just five months to be involved in his first controversial moment with the club following a training ground argument with Andy Halliday in October.

He received a three-week suspension before having his contract terminated in November.

Since then the Scottish Sun have reported that Rangers are considering a move for Poyet, who Smith believes would be much more suited to the club.

“Diego Poyet, once of West Ham (and son of Gus), has already been mentioned as a possible target,” wrote Smith in his coulmn for the Sunday Post.

“As a young striker with something to prove, he fits the profile of the type of signings Warburton was after far more than closely than Barton – at 34, a veteran – ever did.”

Poyet, 21, was believed to be an emerging star with West Ham.

However, the central midfielder made just 10 appearances for the Hammers and struggled to make an impression in the senior squad.

He could add some youth to the Rangers side and has picked up experience with West Ham, Charlton, Huddersfield and MK Dons.

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