• Doncaster Rovers’ Harry Forrester has only played nine times this season
  • Rangers are set to seal a deal for 24-year-old when January window opens
  • Mark Warburton is keen to do business early as he looks to add quality 

Stephen Mcgowan For The Scottish Daily Mail

Rangers are poised to make Doncaster Rovers midfielder Harry Forrester their first capture of the January transfer window.

Out of contract in the summer, Forrester is negotiating an early release after struggling to land a regular game under manager Darren Ferguson.

And Mark Warburton is close to snapping up the 24-year-old, a player he worked with during his time as sporting director at Brentford.

Doncaster Rovers midfielder Harry Forrester is poised to join Rangers in the January transfer window

The 24-year-old has fallen out of favour with boss Darren Ferguson and has played only nine times this term

A former Aston Villa prospect, Forrester played for England at youth level, but has played just nine games for Doncaster this season.

Warburton is keen to do his business early in the window, with the Accrington Stanley duo of Josh Windass and Matt Crooks also earmarked for pre-contract agreements, despite competition from English Championship clubs.

Speaking after Monday’s 4-2 win over Hibs, the Rangers boss said of his transfer plans: ‘It is a balance. You can bring experience, but you have got to bring something that you haven’t got.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton is keen to do his business early in the January transfer Window

Rangers manager Mark Warburton is keen to do his business early in the January transfer Window

The former Brentford boss worked with Forrester during his spell as sporting director at Griffin Park

The former Brentford boss worked with Forrester during his spell as sporting director at Griffin Park

‘You need good experience. You can bring a 35-year-old player, but it doesn’t mean he is what you need.

‘It is bringing someone who has the quality we currently haven’t got and we cannot block the pathway of the younger players.

‘The pathway has to be clear for their progress to continue, but, at the same time, we must make sure we have the experience needed to deal with the second half of the season in terms of injuries, suspensions, sendings-off.’

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