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Mark Warburton: my only interest is in players who want to shine for Rangers

By Robert Jones

Published 15/08/2015

Mark Warburton has said he only wants to sign players who want to play for Rangers
Mark Warburton has said he only wants to sign players who want to play for Rangers

Mark Warburton says he is only interested in players who want to play for Rangers following the news Hibernian midfielder Scott Allan has joined Celtic.

The Ibrox boss was keen on adding the 23-year-old to his squad, but saw three bids - the last of which was £300,000 - turned down by their Championship rivals.

Allan, who grew up as a Rangers fan, handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force through a move to Rangers but Hibs remained firm in their stance that he would not be sold to a rival Championship club.

But with Celtic in the Premiership, Hibs have decided to accept an offer of £275,000 from the Hoops plus former Easter Road loanee Dylan McGeouch on a permanent deal as well as another midfielder, Liam Henderson, on loan. With Allan now arriving at Celtic Park, Warburton has made it clear he is ready to move on from the transfer saga.

"We only want players here who want to play for Rangers," said the former Brentford boss.

"I wish any player well, but right now my only focus is making sure we secure those players with that mindset, who want to be here.

"He is not my player and it's not for me to talk about it."

Meanwhile, Dominic Ball has revealed how Rangers flirted with Tottenham before enticing him to Ibrox.

The 20-year-old defender, who can also play in midfield, arrived in Glasgow on a season-long loan.

Ball, who played for Northern Ireland youth sides up to under-21 level before turning out for England, said he was wooed by the Light Blues before he found the attraction mutual.

He said: "I got a call from my manager at Spurs saying that there was a bit of flirting from Rangers.

"He said I'll speak to you again Monday and then after a game on Monday they told me there was something more secure, more solid. My immediate thought was okay, this is massive but is it true?

"I thought about it, spoke with my dad and I thought 'yeah, let's do it.' I was at Cambridge last year. It's a great club but it's massive up here at Rangers.

"This is a stepping stone towards going back and hopefully doing well at Spurs."

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