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Rangers boss searching for value in the bid to dethrone rivals Celtic

Mark Warburton insists Rangers do not need to splash out millions of pounds to compete with rivals Celtic.

While Brendan Rodgers last week paid an initial fee of £3million to lure Scott Sinclair to Parkhead, Gers have so far kept their spending to a minimum.

Of the nine players who have checked into Ibrox this summer, Warburton has only had to pay small compensation sums to land Josh Windass, Matt Crooks, Jordan Rossiter and Joe Dodoo while others such as Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar have arrived for free.

But Warburton — who hinted he could complete his hunt for a new defender and striker within days — reckons his transfer activity does not mean Rangers are planning a Ladbrokes Premiership title challenge on the cheap.

Asked if the club was prepared to match Celtic in the spending stakes, he said: “With where the club has been the last four or five years I think it’s imperative we get value.

“It’s not about how much you spend, it’s how you spend the money you have got.”

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