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Rangers boss Mark Warburton keeping exit door open

By Andy Newport

Mark Warburton has hinted Darren McGregor may not be the last player to leave Ibrox before next week's transfer deadline.

The former St Mirren defender made a surprise exit from the club yesterday - just three months after being named Gers' player of the season.

The 30-year-old made 50 appearances, scoring five goals, but has not featured at all this season and speaking ahead of tomorrow's League Cup tie at Airdrie - and before McGregor's departure was announced - Warburton confirmed he would consider trimming his squad even further.

He said: "One or two could be on their way out possibly, because players have to play. The important thing is balance, players in, players out.

"So maybe one or two could leave. Possibly as loans, but also permanent moves."

McGregor moved to Ibrox last summer and won plaudits for his committed displays, but he has fallen behind Danny Wilson, Rob Kiernan and Dominic Ball and leaves by mutual consent.

While McGregor becomes the 13th player to leave the club since last season's failed promotion bid, Warburton says he is "nearly there" as he looks to complete his rebuilding job, but he also insisted chairman Dave King would not be afraid to splash the cash if he identified a pricey target.

King claimed he would spend "whatever it took" to ensure Rangers would climb back up to the Premiership but so far his outlay has been modest.

Ten players have arrived but only four of those have required a fee, with a tally of just under £700,000 spent.

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