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Rangers boss Mark Warburton still keen to sign John Eustace

John Eustace has been training with Rangers for more than a month after leaving Derby County
Image: John Eustace has been helping the backroom team at Rangers after leaving Derby County

Rangers boss Mark Warburton says he remains keen on signing former Derby midfielder John Eustace.

The 35-year-old, released by the English Championship club in the summer, has been helping the backroom staff at Ibrox while trying to get fit enough to win a playing contract.

And Warburton revealed that Eustace could now be just a few weeks from being fit enough to win a deal with the Glasgow giants.

"He is trying to get fit and once he gets fit we will sit down and have a conversation," Warburton said.

Mark Warburton didn't want to sign new players at Rangers for the sake of it
Image: Rangers boss Mark Warburton still wants to sign John Eustace

"But John has to get fit and he is in the process of doing that hopefully.

"He has a role to play right now, working with us and his experience is vitally important.

"He is a good guy, he has played at the highest level for a number of years, an outstanding player with a great knowledge of the game.

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"He is going to be an excellent coach in the future but right now we want him to be a player for Rangers. Hopefully we are talking a couple of weeks."

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Rangers manager Mark Warburton wants his players to deliver a statement of intent this weekend. A win against Falkirk tomorrow would make it nine in a row

The Ibrox club have won their first eight Championship games, with only a Scottish League Cup defeat to St Johnstone spoiling a perfect start to their campaign.

Saturday's visitors are second-placed Falkirk, who are unbeaten in the league but nine points behind having played a fixture less, and are the only team Rangers are yet to play.

Warburton believes securing victory to complete the clean sweep in the first quarter of fixtures would send out a statement, saying "it would be foolish to say anything other than that, it has to be", but insists that standards will not be allowed to drop.

James Tavernier (left) has remarkably scored six goals already this season for Rangers
Image: Rangers have won their first eight Scottish Championship matches this season.

He added: "If we fall behind in training we dig it out, if someone is late for training we fine them. If someone is sloppy we just don't pick them. That's the best weapon.

"If someone is not up to standard just don't put them in the XI. They will come and talk to you and we tell them why.

"We have some tough challenges ahead. Falkirk are the closest challengers, well organised, so you respect that fully."

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