White knight: Vardy has been one of the stars of the Premier League season

By Alex Stevens

Mark Warburton has claimed that Rangers rejected the opportunity to sign Jamie Vardy for just £1million.

The Leicester sensation’s remarkable season reached new heights on Saturday night when he scored a sensational equaliser in England’s 3-2 win over Germany.

Vardy’s audacious back-flick in Berlin was his first international goal and supplemented the 19 Premier League goals this season that has lifted him to second in the goal charts behind only Harry Kane.

The 29-year-old was signed by Leicester from non-league side Fleetwood Town for £1million in the summer of 2012 and Rangers manager Warburton has revealed that the Scottish giants turned down the chance to sign the striker.

Talking about Rangers’ summer transfer plans, Warburton told a media briefing: “You don’t necessarily have to pay huge fees. Sometimes you find a player and he’s x-amount of money and you need to pay that.

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“Riyad Mahrez at Leicester is a great example. What was he, £400,000? What a piece of business.

“We were offered Jamie Vardy for a million quid from Fleetwood but couldn’t afford it so you don’t have to spend a fortune.

“If Rangers go to sign someone from Fleetwood, the fans would say ‘who’s he?’ But they said that about James Tavernier, Rob Kiernan and Wes Foderingham.”

Leaders Rangers need two more wins to secure the Scottish Championship title after opening up a 14-point gap over nearest challengers Falkirk.