Rangers

By Harvey Byrne

Rangers chief Dave King has claimed the signings Mark Warburton brought to the club were different to what he had discussed with the club and initially put forward.

The famous Ibrox side made their return to the Premiership in the summer after being demoted to the Third Division in 2012 after entering administration.

They were clear winners of the Championship under Warburton with 11 points separating them from Falkirk in second.

However, those in charge still decided to bring in 11 senior players, including Joey Barton, Matt Gilks and Matt Crooks, who are all currently playing elsewhere.

Now, King has shared that the players that Warburton decided to bring to the club were not the same ones that he had initially discussed with the board.

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“Honestly, probably not really a lot because if you go back from a policy point of view, I think the only departure was when Mark [Warburton] probably brought in some more senior players,” told King, as quoted by the official Rangers website when talking about what they had learned from their policy change in the summer.

“Probably some more senior, more expensive players, that were probably slightly different from what we had spoken to him about and what he’d initially put to the club.

“That was a departure, in terms of some of the signings like the Joey Barton signing and some of the later signings as well. But it could have worked out okay, so it’s kind of difficult to say because it didn’t work out, that in itself was a mistake.

“But certainly, I’d like to see us go back to the fact that if we are going to be spending big money on players, trying to get younger players who can come in and do well for the club and hopefully create value at a later stage, rather than getting people at a more mature phase of their playing career who we know will have no value to the club beyond the initial couple of years.”

Rangers made a further three signings in January with 23-year-old goalkeeper Jak Alnwick joining from Port Vale alongside young Premier League duo Emerson Hyndman and Jon Toral joining on loan.

The latter duo have helped the Gers regain their form after a stunning start following the winter break and the club’s aim will now be to catch Aberdeen, who are eight points ahead in second place.

Appointed boss Pedro Caixinha had a fine start to his Gers management with a crushing 4-0 victory over Hamilton and 10th placed Motherwell will be coming up after the international break.

In other Rangers news, Ray Wilkins has compared this Caixinha decision to one Jose Mourinho made.

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