By Emma Sanders

Mark Warburton has revealed two of Rangers’ January transfer targets are “close” to signing but the manager claims “you have to man-mark” players until the deal is done.

The Gers boss is confident Rangers can seal the deals of two targets but he is also weary of “counting his chickens” too early, with the possibility of the players going elsewhere still high.

“We hope we are very close to two of them, fingers crossed. But until they sign for you, you have to man-mark them – literally,” said Warburton, as reported by the Daily Record.

“Until players sign for us you never, ever count your chickens.”

Rangers have been linked with a number of transfer targets and face competition from Scottish giants Celtic on the majority of the players who have been linked with a move to the Ibrox.

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The report in the Daily Record claims Warburton is close to sealing a deal to bring in Brentford star Jot, who is a playmaker, on loan and his transfer situation has been described as “advanced.”

Rangers are expected to bring in a new midfielder after summer signings Niko Krancjar, Jordan Rossiter and Joey Barton have all been unavailable this season.

Barton has now left the club but Krancjar and Rossiter have both faced long-term injury set-backs.

Rangers currently sit in second place in the Scottish Premiership and trail Celtic by 11 points. They will be hoping to close the gap over the Christmas period and could extend their 15-month unbeaten record at home during Saturday’s clash against Inverness.

In other Rangers news, Warburton reveals plans over his future amid speculation.