War­bur­ton asks for time be­fore judg­ing

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RANGERS boss Mark War­bur­ton in­sists he is be­ing given all the back­ing he wants from the Ibrox board and has urged fans to give it time be­fore judg­ing him and his low-key sign­ing pol­icy.

The Lad­brokes Cham­pi­onship side re­leased 11 play­ers at the end of last term and have added just three to the first-team squad in Danny Wil­son, Rob Kier­nan and Wes Foder­ing­ham, with Andy Hal­l­i­day also close to sign­ing a three-year con­tract.

Kier­nan is the only one of those four to have com­manded a trans­fer fee, cost­ing around £200,000, with a bid re­ported to have been turned down by Wi­gan Ath­letic for his for­mer team­mate James Tav­ernier.

Jason Holt and John Eus­tace are cur­rently on trial, with War­bur­ton stat­ing that he is “close on three or four play­ers”, but the Rangers man­ager has branded his cur­rent squad “re­ally good” and in­sists he would happy to start the sea­son to­mor­row.

“Ev­ery player we have gone for so far, we have se­cured,” he said. “That is the ba­sic fact. We have not lost a player and it is great to have re­ceived that

level of sup­port. Our job is to make sure we go to the pow­ers-that-be with play­ers who of­fer value.

“We wouldn’t last here if that was the case. It is al­ways about qual­ity and not quan­tity. If I can’t get any of the right play­ers, we are happy with what we have got.”

Rangers have lacked a real mar­quee sign­ing to mark the era of War­bur­ton and Dave King, but the man­ager has even sug­gested he wor­ries bring­ing in a £1m player could dis­rupt the equi­lib­rium of the dress­ing room.

“I would ask the sup­port­ers to name one Brent­ford player we brought in,” he said. “It’s the same thing. If you spend £1m or £2m, it doesn’t mean you get value for money. You have to think about words like ‘har­mony’ and ‘unity’ within the squad. You have to make sure it is a happy dress­ing room.”

BT Sport, mean­while, have an­nounced their sched­ule for tele­vised SPFL matches and will air the Lad­brokes Cham­pi­onship match be­tween Rangers and St Mir­ren on Fri­day Au­gust 7, 2015.

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