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Gers boss defends aggressive pursuit of Hibs star Allan

By Gavin McCafferty

Rangers manager Mark Warburton defended his club's right to "look after number one" following their pursuit of Hibernian midfielder Scott Allan days before the teams meet.

Rangers made a slightly improved offer for Allan on Thursday, hours after Hibs confirmed they had rejected a £175,000 bid for a player they would not sell to one of their nearest rivals under any circumstance.

Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs claimed his only surprise was that Rangers did not wait to submit their bid 24 hours before their visit to Easter Road in the first round of the Petrofac Training Cup on Saturday.

But Warburton is happy to leave the transfer business to others inside Ibrox.

Warburton said at his pre-match media conference: "My job is in the football department, out there on the grass, managing the players and the group of staff around the players, and working with the academy. That's my job.

"It's not me avoiding the question, that's what I have to do, I'm paid to do that job. The other work, the more difficult stuff, is handled by the powers that be.

"I'm always happy that Rangers conduct their business in the right manner and they look to do the best for Rangers Football Club.

"And we have to look after Rangers Football Club in everything we do. That selfish approach for any successful business, let alone football, is looking after number one so to speak."

On Hibernian's decision to confirm the first bid, which had already been reported in the media, Warburton said: "How they conduct their business is down to them and I'm sure they do it in the best interests of their club.

"What Rangers have to do is conduct its business in the best manner possible to achieve success here."

When quizzed about the latest on Rangers' attempts to sign the 23-year-old from their Ladbrokes Championship title rivals, Warburton said: "As a manager I'd be very irate for another club to talk about one of my players.

"Right now he's a Hibs player and it would be disrespectful for me to say anything about Scott Allan.

"He's a talented player but there are many talented players around the country and we have been interested in a number of players. That one has been documented but right now my job is to focus on the squad."

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