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Rangers boss Mark Warburton is left baffled by reports of Robin Van Persie swoop

By Staff Reporter

Mark Warburton has laughed off reports linking Rangers with Robin van Persie.

Claims that the Ibrox club were ready to make a move for the former Arsenal and Manchester United star (below) spread like wildfire across social media. Bookmakers Ladbrokes even suspended betting on the Dutchman making a switch to Glasgow after taking a "flurry of bets".

The whole episode left Warburton perplexed as he insisted he had never even made an enquiry about the 32-year-old, reported to be earning more than £100,000 a week with Fenerbahce.

He said: "I have no idea where the rumour has emanated from. I woke up to a barrage of texts and missed calls, with apparently the deal done.

"He's an unbelievably talented player but there's absolutely nothing in it whatsoever. I'm bemused to hear some of the stories."

• In last night's Europa League qualifying third round ties West Ham crashed to a 2-1 defeat at NK Domzale in Slovenia.

Matic Crnic put the hosts ahead from the spot and then grabbed the winner with a fine solo goal. Mark Noble's penalty could prove crucial.

Aberdeen were held 1-1 at home to NK Maribor with Jonny Hayes hitting alate equaliser.

Cork City lost 1-0 at KRC Genk in their first leg battle.

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