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Rangers won't pay over the odds for players insists Mark Warburton

By Andy Newport

Mark Warburton insists Rangers will not spend over the odds to land Michael O'Halloran or anyone else. The Gers have been linked with the St Johnstone forward but the Perth men have so far refused to do business after knocking back two six-figure offers.

Reports yesterday suggested the Ibrox men will now have to pay north of £600,000 if they are to secure the services of the in-form wideman.

Warburton, whose side host Livingston tomorrow, declined to even confirm if the Light Blues had made contact with Saints.

However, he did warn the Ladbrokes Championship leaders will not be fleeced when it comes to negotiations.

"The players we bring in have to represent value for the club," he said. "There is a fine line between being brave in a decision and making a poor decision.

"If we find a player represents good value for Rangers, then we will pursue it. We are linked to so many players but it would be wrong to talk about them until anything is concluded."

Despite failing with two opening bids for O'Halloran, Warburton - who has signed Doncaster's Harry Forrester and landed Accrington duo Josh Windass and Matt Crooks on pre-contracts already this month - does think there are bargains to be had north of the border.

"We decide what we think represents value. We know the southern market better but we're learning about the Scottish market very quickly," he said.

"We think we know what is good value. Other people might disagree, but that's our figure.

"It's got to work for the selling club too, but we are comfortable our judgement is good."

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