War­bur­ton hop­ing to seal sign­ing of Wabara

The Herald - Sport - - FRONT PAGE - NEIL CAMERON MARK WALKER

MARK WAR­BUR­TON, the Rangers man­ager, hopes this week to com­plete the sign­ing of for­mer Manch­ester City academy player Reece Wabara.

The 23-year-old de­fender, whose best po­si­tion is right back, was in Glas­gow yesterday for talks and is ex­pected to be­come the latest new sign­ing to be un­veiled at Ibrox.

Wabara made just one first-team ap­pear­ance for Manch­ester City, be­fore he joined a num­ber of clubs on loan, the last be­ing with Don­caster Rovers with whom he signed a per­ma­nent deal a year ago. He left there in the sum­mer, telling boss Paul Dickov that he wanted to play at a higher level than Eng­land’s League One.

While the sec­ond tier of Scot­tish football is per­haps not the pro­mo­tion he was look­ing for, this is the kind of player War­bur­ton is look­ing to sign, one who is young and has plenty to prove.

Wabara, whose fa­ther Martin is a half-brother of the ex-Rangers winger Mark Wal­ters, came through the ranks at Manch­ester City and was named cap­tain of their de­vel­op­ment squad when he signed a three-year deal in 2011. He spent spells at Ip­swich Town, Black­pool and Old­ham be­fore mov­ing to Don­caster. The York­shire club of­fered him a new deal at the end of last sea­son but Dickov ex­plained at the time that the player wanted a new chal­lenge.

“We sat down with him and spoke to his rep­re­sen­ta­tives and he ex­pressed a de­sire to per­haps have a look a lit­tle higher,” said Dickov. “I re­spect his opin­ion and want him to get to a club at a higher level. He’s a fan­tas­tic kid who I’ve got a lot of time for and I have wished him all the best for the fu­ture.”

War­bur­ton has al­ready signed Rob Kier­nan and Danny Wil­son, both de­fend­ers, but with Richard Forster hav­ing left Ibrox at the end of the sea­son, another right back is re­quired.

Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur midfielder Harry Winks, 19, is also on War­bur­ton’s radar and he has also been linked with Jason Holt, re­cently freed by Hearts. The deal to sign vet­eran John Eus­tace is also ex­pected to be con­cluded this week.

Rangers have also signed for­mer West Brom and Stoke City player Jor­dan Gib­son, 17, af­ter a trial.

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