RANGERS manager Mark Warburton is hopeful of this week completing the signing of former Manchester City academy player Reece Wabara.

The 23-year-old defender, whose best position is right-back, was in Glasgow yesterday for talks and is expected to become the latest new signing to be unveiled at Ibrox in what has become an increasingly busy summer.

Wabara made just one first-team appearance for Manchester City, before he joined a number of clubs on a loan, the last being with Doncaster Rovers who he signed a permanent deal with a year ago. He left there in the summer telling his manager Paul Dickov, the former Scotland international, that he wanted to play at a higher level than League One, the third tier of English football.

And while the second tier of Scottish football is perhaps not the promotion he was looking for, this is absolutely the kind of player Warburton is looking to sign in that he's young with plenty to prove.

Wabara,whose father Martin is a half-brother of former Rangers winger Walters, came through the ranks at Manchester City and was named as their Development Squad captain when he signed a three-year deal in 2011.

He spent spells at Ipswich Town, Blackpool and Oldham before moving to Doncaster. The Yorkshire club offered him a new deal at the end of last season, but Dickov explained at the time that the player was keen for a new challenge.

"We sat down with him and spoke to his representatives and he expressed a desire to perhaps have a look a little higher, " said Dickov. "I respect his opinion and want him to get to a club at a higher level. He's a fantastic kid who I've got a lot of time for and I have wished him all the best for the future."

Warburton has already signed Rob Kiernan and Danny Wilson, both defenders, but with Richard Forster having been one of the man who left Rangers after the end of the season, another right-back was required.

Tottenham Hotspur's 19-year-old midfielder Harry Winks is also on Warburton's radar and he has also been linked with Jason Holt, recently freed by Hearts. The deal to sign veteran John Eustace is also expected to be concluded this week.

Rangers have also signed former West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City player Jordan Gibson, who is still only 17, after he impressed on trial. The teenager played for amateurs Alvechurch FC in the Midland Premier League, after being on the books of the English Premier League clubs as a schoolboy, and was spotted by Rangers scouts.

He's signed a one-year deal with the Ibrox side and is hoping to impress Warburton.

Gibson said: "It's a bit of a dream, but I have always believed. I was released by West Brom, and then went to Stoke, but those experiences have helped to motivate me.

"When I got the call from Rangers I knew I had to make the most of it. I was a bit nervous at first, but after a few days everything felt normal. I trained with the first team some days, got to know people and played in two games which went well.

"If Rangers had gone up I would have had less opportunities as more money would have gone into the first team, so hopefully this year we will go up when I have made a name for myself. The new manager is meant to be all about giving youth a chance, so hopefully I can break through by Christmas."