QPR round-up: Redknapp fires warning, Carroll wants Spurs return

Rangers prepare for visit of former Premier League giants Blackburn Rovers

Harry Redknapp is confident QPR will avoid the problems which have plagued Saturday’s opponents Blackburn Rovers.

Second-placed Rangers host mid-table Blackburn Rovers knowing that a win could take them to the top of the Championship.

Redknapp has transformed the QPR squad this season, but while things are looking good the manager warned that Blackburn’s troubles since they were relegated in 2012 should act as a warning against complacency.

“A couple of years ago they were a Premier League team, but when you go down it’s very difficult,” Redknapp told www.qpr.co.uk.

“Look at what happened to Wolves last year, they went straight through the divisions. And Wolves are a massive club.

“It’s difficult when you drop out of the Premier league. Unless you get back at the first attempt, it’s very hard. You look at clubs like Middlesbrough who have found it hard over the years. It’s certainly not easy.”

Meanwhile, on-loan Spurs midfielder Tom Carroll says he is determined to break into the Tottenham squad when he returns to White Hart Lane at the end of the season.

Carroll returned to the QPR side for the midweek win over Bournemouth and is set to keep his place for the visit of Blackburn Rovers tomorrow.

But in the long term, the 21-year-old wants to return to Tottenham and fight for his place in Andre Villas-Boas’s midfield.

“I think that’s got to be my aim. I’m a Tottenham player still and I’d love to play there if I can,” Carroll told West London Sport.

“My goal is just to play here this year and, being contracted to Spurs, I’ve got to wait and see what the plans are there. I’m sure the two clubs will speak. It’s not really my call.

“It is difficult, obviously, to play at Spurs as they’ve got a great squad of international players. It’s going to be hard to break through but I’ve got to keep trying.”

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