By Wayne Veysey

30th Jun, 2016 | 7:13pm

Rangers given emphatic answer in pursuit of ninth summer signing - report

By Alex Stevens

Rangers have lost out to Preston in the race to sign Fulham winger Ben Pringle, according to a report.

The Express reported that the Scottish giants have tried to prise the versatile 26-year-old from Craven Cottage in this summer’s window.

But former Sky Sports journalist Pete O’Rourke claimed on his personal Twitter account on Thursday evening that Preston have won the battle to land Pringle.

Eight players, including Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar, have already signed for the Ibrox club this summer, but they are still a few men short according to manager Mark Warburton.

It appears that Pringle, who joined Fulham from Rotherham last summer on a two-year contract, will not be joining Warburton’s squad.

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He made 18 appearances for the Londoners in the first half of the 2015-16 season, 15 of which were starts, before he was loaned to Ipswich, where he played 11 times.

Pringle, who would have become one of the top earners at Ibrox if he were to move, is well known to Rangers manager Mark Warburton.

The Express claim he tried to sign Pringle when he was manager of Brentford in 2014 but Rotherham refused to sell him.

Warburton has set his sights on making a number of further signings despite the steady influx of new talent already this summer.

In other Rangers news, Jens Lehmann has urged Warburton to sign one of Northern Ireland’s stand-out stars of Euro 2016.