Mark Warburton refuses to comment on Rangers interest in Hibernian ace Scott Allan

Rangers boss Mark Warburton is still looking to strenghen his squad
Rangers boss Mark Warburton is still looking to strenghen his squad

Rangers boss Mark Warburton claims it is not up to him whether the Ibrox side give up on their pursuit of Hibernian playmaker Scott Allan.

The Edinburgh club have rejected three bids from the Light Blues after insisting they will not sell their talented midfielder to their main Ladbrokes Championship title rivals.

But Allan - out of contract next summer - has already made it clear he wants to leave for the club he has supported since childhood after handing in a transfer request.

Gers could face competition from Rotherham, although Easter Road chief executive Leeanne Dempster claimed that reports a £350,000 bid had been submitted by the Sky Bet Championship side were false.

She said: “There has been no official approach from Rotherham for Scott Allan.”

The question now turns to whether Rangers will try again.

But Warburton, who has refused to discuss the transfer saga, was again cagey when quizzed on the matter at his weekly pre-match press conference.

He said: “It’s the same answer. He’s not my player. I can’t comment on another club’s player. My only focus is on my staff and my players here at Murray Park.

“I don’t get involved in that side of it at all. I don’t mean to be rude but my job is here (at Murray Park) and what goes on away is the powers-that-be’s.

“I wouldn’t get involved in anything to do with another club’s player. If another manager spoke about one of mine, I would be more that irritated. It’s disrespectful.”

Warburton was happier to discuss the prospects of former Derby midfielder John Eustace joining his Rangers revolution.

The 35-year-old has been on trial with the Glasgow giants since June but a knee injury sustained during his final few months with the Rams has held him back.

He is now back in full training though and Warburton is keen for a deal to be struck soon.

“It’s about all parties making sure that everyone is comfortable,” the former Brentford boss explained.

“For John it’s about him being comfortable playing a role and us being comfortable with it being the right thing for John and the squad as a whole.”

“So far so good. He’s fitting in really well with the group and his views are respected. He’s had an outstanding playing career and hopefully we can make good progress.”

While Hibs have been reluctant to sell to one of their direct competitors for promotion, Warburton had no qualms about allowing young forward Calum Gallagher join St Mirren.

Warburton said he did not want to stand in the 20-year-old’s way but insisted he was not handing the Paisley side a boost ahead of Friday night’s league opener, saying: “I wouldn’t do anything I thought was inappropriate.”

Rangers have notched nine goals in their first two games under the Englishman after swatting both Hibs and Peterhead aside in the first rounds of the Petrofac Training Cup.

And Warburton wants that promising start to continue.

“That just speaks volumes for the quality of the playing group,” said the 52-year-old. “From the first session their work ethic, their commitment, their focus has been outstanding.

“The fact they have done so well is down to them. Long may it continue.

“When you are coming up against nine men behind the wall every week you are going to hit some hurdles.

“But we want players who are footballers, who are comfortable in possession, and they guys are showing that. So far so good.”

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