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Warburton: Brand new targets, striker and defender wanted by Rangers

By Harvey Byrne

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has revealed that he is keen to add another defender and striker to his squad ahead of the new season.

Warburton has moved quickly to improve his squad this summer and has recruited Niko Kranjcar, Matt Gilks, Clint Hill, Joey Barton, Jordan Rossiter, Lee Hodson and, most recently, Joe Dodoo.

Former Accrington pair Matt Crooks and Joshua Windass have also arrived at Ibrox after they signed pre-contract agreements in January.

However, the Gers boss has admitted that he is still in the hunt for more players.

“We have a number of targets, none of which are on Twitter and none of which have been released,” said the Rangers boss to RangersTV

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“We would like another striking option and another defensive option in an ideal world but they have to be players who add value on and off the pitch and that’s really strong.

“It is about us doing our work and going about our business quietly and under the radar because if we get embroiled in a bidding war we will lose.

“The players who have come in have mixed in really well with the existing group, which is why I am so strong on character.”

Warburton’s only previous experience in management came during his two-year spell with Brentford. He inspired them to promotion in the 2013/14 season as runners-up in League 1, and got them to the play-offs in the Championship in the 2014/15 season, where they lost to Middlesborough in the semi-finals.

The Scottish giants raced to promotion last season and will be aiming to challenge old-firm rivals Celtic for the Premiership, who are biding to win the league for the sixth-consecutive year.

In other Rangers transfer news, Brazil all-time great Ronaldo almost joined the Gers in 1997, his agent has revealed.