New Rangers head of recruitment Frank McParland has vowed a Scotland-first focus in his role as he looks to snap up the next raft of Gers star.

McParland, who served as chief scout at Liverpool under Rafael Benitez and has left English Championship club Burnley to link up with Mark Warburton at Ibrox, has arrived at Rangers at a time when the club are planning for a return to the Scottish top flight next season.

Rangers want to hit the ground running next season and instantly look to challenge fierce rivals Celtic – meaning McParland's role is key.

But rather than looking overseas, the head of recruitment will be looking in Scotland first and foremost, while he also stressed he wants a smaller number of quality scouts rather than a vast network.

"The first place we should be looking for players is right here in Scotland, and the more Scottish players we have, the better", McParland told a press conference this afternoon.


"I'm not about having a massive scouting network. I'd rather have a few really good people to work with", he added.

McParland also admitted the chance to work with Warburton and his assistant David Weir, two men he worked with at Brentford, was key in his decision to head north.

"The main thing behind my decision to come was the manager and David. We had a good thing going when we worked together before", he explained.