Rangers boss confident of landing Dodoo

18 Jul

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Dodoo (centre) has been training with Rangers

Rangers manager Mark Warburton remains hopeful of signing Leicester City forward Joe Dodoo.

But the deal will not be finalised in time for the 21-year-old to feature in Tuesday’s League Cup match against Annan Athletic at Ibrox.

Warburton is keen to make the striker, who would command a development fee, his ninth signing of the summer.

“I’m hoping the paperwork is being finalised. The two clubs are talking,” Warburton said.

“It’s above my pay grade so I will let the clever people get on with that and I’ll do my stuff.

“He has trained with us and he’s a top young lad and a top young talent as well. I’ll be excited to get him on board.”

Dodoo would follow Joey Barton, Matt Crooks, Matt Gilks, Clint Hill, Lee Hodson, Niko Kranjcar, Jordan Rossiter and Josh Windass in moving to Ibrox this summer.

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Former Tottenham man Kranjcar was one of two Rangers debutants on Saturday

Midfielders Kranjcar and Windass featured as substitutes in Saturday’s 2-0 League Cup win over Motherwell and both are expected to start against Annan, along with goalkeeper Gilks and defenders Hill and Hodson. Midfielder Barton may come on from the bench.

Crooks is still recovering from an ankle operation while Rossiter is playing for England Under-19s.

“We will use the squad over these four [League Cup group] games and [the friendly against] Burnley is another step up in terms of quality, and we have to use that game wisely as well,” Warburton added.

“I want all the squad to know what it’s like at Ibrox and look forward to that first [Premiership] game [against Hamilton Academical], which will be a complete sell-out.

“It’s a fantastic football stadium and the pitch is in magnificent shape, so we want the players to get used to that.

“It won’t be a 50,000 sell-out [against Annan] of course, but it will be great for the players to experience a game under lights, the smell of the grass, and what Ibrox is all about.”

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