By Coral Barry
Mark Warburton says he will not be looking into the loan market as much as previous seasons after overseeing a massive summer spree at Rangers.
It has been reported that the Scottish giants were eager to dip into the loan pool, but Warburton believes that with the arrival of Lee Hodson as the Gers’ eighth signing, the club are not in need of reinforcements.
Rangers have had great success with the loan system in recent seasons with Dominic Ball of Tottenham making a huge impact in the last campaign and Warburton admitted if the right player is available he could be tempted into a deal.
“The problem with that is when you get the permanent signings in and you take a loan, you have got to make sure they get enough pitch time,” said Warburton speaking to the Scotland Herald.
“If we are going to take players from top Premier League clubs, they have got to play football. They need to play at least one every three or be involved in two out of three games.
“Start one, come on as a sub, not be involved. That type of ratio. If we don’t do that then we have got a problem.
“If I look at the team now, if we get a fourth centre-half in, we have got full-back cover, we have got two great goalkeepers, I look at Barton, Halliday, Holty, Kranjcar, Rossiter, Forrester, Crooks, then I am looking at O’Halloran, Forrester again, McKay, and we have got options. Where is the loanee going to play?
“If we get an outstanding loanee then we will move for him but he has got to be better than what we have got.”
Rangers have often used the loan market as a way to snap up exciting Premier League talent in the short-term with Arsenal’s Gedion Zelalem a prime example alongside Ball.
The two Premier League youngsters spent the 2015-16 season on loan at Rangers and played vital roles in helping the club clinch promotion into the Scottish Premiership.
Warburton is aiming to build a squad capable of competing with Celtic for the league title in their first season back in the top flight.
In other Rangers news, the Gers have been given an answer in the pursuit of Ben Pringle.