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Mark Warburton wants to rival English sides' spending

By Gavin McCafferty

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has called for Scottish football to find a solution to the widening financial disparity with the English game.

Warburton is looking to sign a striker and defender but admits to being frustrated by the spending power of English teams.

This summer Rangers have signed several 30-something players on free transfers while using technicalities in Fifa regulations to bring in young players from English clubs for relatively small compensation, but Warburton has warned that transfer fees in England will spiral further out of reach.

Ahead of tonight's Betfred Cup clash with Peterhead, the former city trader said: "We know what we're looking for but the market is moving in an aggressive manner down south.

"I keep being asked if the bubble is about to burst, but I don't think it's even started yet. I think we are at the start of a cycle whereby prices are going to continue to ratchet higher in a really significant manner. We are nowhere near the mid-range of that cycle yet.

"So we have to find a way of countering it, because there is money being spent down south that Scottish clubs can only dream of. Instead of moaning about it, we have got to find a solution."

Hibernian turned down a reported £1.2m offer from Peterborough last week for Jason Cummings but Scottish clubs have generally struggled to attract decent bids for players.

Warburton added: "League One clubs will come and bid seven figures for Scottish players. There are implications because the English clubs will look for value. And then you have a problem, because you can't say a player is on x grand a week and put a £5m price tag on his head. It doesn't compute.

"We can't afford for the best talents to leave Scotland, so we need to find investment and make sure the quality of product is improving, and then you hopefully attract sponsors."

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