As Rangers rubbish any interest in Preston defender Ben Davies a source at the club also revealed to the Press Association that they wouldn’t be moving for Thomas Robert.

In making the decision to inform journalists that stories linking these players to Rangers were false, the club also informed supporters to expect a quiet transfer window this January.

But the fact these two players are now the second and third stars to be ruled out of an Ibrox move perhaps hints towards a wider clamp-down on media outlets using the club’s name for hits.

Rangers had also shut down links to Coventry midfielder Gustavo Hamer which appeared via the Press Association last week.

Rangers are a prominent club in British and European football and there are a multitude of reasons why certain publications might link the Gers to players they aren’t interested in.

This could range from historic interest to a failure to properly connect the dots when a club representative or Rangers scout attends another football match.

Agents also love to use Rangers’ high profile to elevate the status of their players – did anyone here know who Gustavo Hamer was prior to the Brazilian being linked to Ibrox?

On top of that, there’s also the effectiveness of driving traffic to your website via the use of Rangers and a support eager to find out about transfer targets.

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Rangers were quick to rubbish links to Coventry midfielder Gustavo Hamer. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

It’s cheap but prevalent and perhaps the club are now looking to be proactive and take control of false transfer links before they begin to crop up.

Whilst the club have denied any interest in Davies, Robert or Hamer, there is one player said to be “extremely close” to agreeing a deal with the club.

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