Rangers: Mark Warburton expects 'one or two' January signings

By Jonathan SutherlandBBC Scotland
Alan Stubbs (left) and Mark Warburton
Hibs manager Alan Stubbs (left) and Rangers boss Mark Warburton go head to head on Sunday

Rangers manager Mark Warburton expects to make a maximum of two signings in January, to preserve the "unity and the harmony" of the dressing room.

Warburton met with Rangers chairman Dave King this week, who had previously suggested the club may look to bring in as many as five players.

However, Warburton says adding too many signings at this stage would be a "very dangerous proposition".

"We have a good dressing room," said Warburton.

Rangers top the Championship table having won all 11 of their league matches so far this season, with a trip to second-placed Hibernian at Easter Road on Sunday.

Warburton says he owes it to his squad not to make too many personnel changes come the winter window.

"They are where they are in the league because they deserve to be there, I think it would almost be disrespectful to your playing squad to get five or six players in," said the Englishman.

"The unity and the harmony of a dressing room is vitally important. You saw that again with the late goal, the 2-1 victory [against Falkirk] you saw the celebration together so you can't talk about working together on a daily basis and then talk about bringing in five or six players.

"The moment you do that you lose all the harmony in your ranks."

Warburton revealed the lines of dialogue between himself and King are open on an almost daily basis.

He said: "I had a good meeting. We've had great support. Every player that we have gone for we managed to get on board earlier in the season.

"Communication lines are really good. We talk every day.

"That's really important to us, to make sure the owners - the powers that be - know what we think of the squad, where we think it's at, where we might be vulnerable, the what-if scenarios come January and if we can put forward options as well they know where we stand, and likewise we get their feedback as to what we can and can't afford, what type of player we're looking for what will add value to the squad on and off the field.

Paul Hanlon (left) and Lee Wallace
Rangers have defeated Hibs twice this season so far

"As long as the communications lines are very clear then we'll be in a good place."

The Rangers manager added he would prefer to save any major business for summer.

"I think you're always busier in May, June and July. That goes without saying. Why? Because you have the eight weeks of pre-season to bed in new players.

"January - the season is up and running. If you bring in five, six, seven players in January I think that's a huge risk.

"If you're bottom third of the table and you have had some poor performances and your side are struggling and you are losing three or four players then go ahead with that proposal, but right now I think that is a very dangerous proposition."

Ahead of the match with Hibs, one where a win for the Ibrox club would increase the over the Edinburgh side to 11, Warburton says they are approaching the game as normal.

"We are very aware of their form, their belief. They have got good momentum behind them," he said.

"They have had a very good record over the last six or seven weeks. But so have we. We have played eleven, won eleven, and we are looking forward to the challenge."