Mark Warburton: Rangers close to signing two new players

Mark Warburton refused to be drawn on Rangers' pursuit of St Johnstone striker Michael O'Halloran last night but the Ibrox manager did say the club were 'very close' to agreeing deals for two players.

Mark Warburton refused to speak about St Johnstone striker Michael O'Halloran. Picture: Alan Rennie/SNS

O’Halloran was left out of the Perth club’s match with Hamilton yesterday.

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The other player wanted by Rangers is believed to be Brentford defensive midfielder Toumani Diagouraga who is expected in Scotland in the coming days. But Warburton would only say: “He’s a Brentford player and I am not going to talk about Brentford players. We only ever talk about players when our business is completed.”

It was a similar refrain when he was asked about O’Halloran, pictured. “Michael is a St Johnstone player and we are never going to talk about other teams’ players,” he said.

But he added: “I think we are very close to a couple of players, very close. A lot of work has gone on in the background and hopefully we will get our work over the line in the coming days.”