By Coral Barry
Mark Warburton does not think Rangers would have been able to capture the signatures of Joey Barton and Jordan Rossiter if it was not for chief scout Frank McParland.
Rangers turned heads when they prized Liverpool’s former Under-19s captain Rossiter from Anfield, but the Gers then followed that transfer up with the even bigger capture of Barton from Burnley.
Barton has a wealth of experience in the Premier League and Warburton does not know if either of those moves would have been possible without the help of McParland.
“I can’t give Frank enough credit for the work he’s doing for me and Rangers,” said Warburton speaking to the Scottish Sun.
“I was absolutely delighted to bring him to the club because I knew how important, how valuable, he was going to be in what we’re trying to do.
“Frank has a fantastic eye for a player but he’s also very well connected. A year ago we wouldn’t have had a chance of bringing someone like Joey Barton to the club.
“However, Frank knows Joey very well and that relationship provided us with a great chance of getting him.
“It allowed us to establish contact and ultimately bring Joey to Glasgow for talks.
“The same goes for Jordan Rossiter. Frank knew all about him from his days working for Liverpool — so when there was an opportunity to sign the lad we moved as quickly as we could.”
Rangers appointed McParland as head of recruitment in October and was lured to the club having previously worked with Warburton at Brentford.
The 56-year-old is credited with unearthing the likes of Jordon Ibe and Raheem Sterling during his time as Liverpool’s chief scout and also had a short spell at Burnley before uniting with Warburton.
Barton was due to return to the top flight of English football after gaining promotion with Burnley, but was instead convinced to move to Rangers, while Rossiter had long been tipped as the next big thing at Anfield.
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