I don't have a first XI, says Rangers boss Mark Warburton

The Gers boss has made full use of his squad this season.

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has claimed he does not have a first XI but instead views every squad member as an equal contributor, in a press conference shown on Rangers TV.

The Gers boss admitted he was considering making changes for Saturday’s trip to Dumbarton, with Tuesday’s clash with St. Johnstone in mind, but insisted changing personnel didn’t equate to a weakening of the team.

He was then pressed on whether he had a preferred first XI and responded: “No… we have one lean squad so we’re not worried about injuries. It’s about us utilising the squad and making sure everyone’s fit.”

Warburton insisted there were no ‘first picks’ in his mind and pointed towards the versatility of his players as a key factor in his ability to keep the whole squad involved.

“Whether it’s Barrie McKay out wide right, or it’s Tom Walsh or it’s Waggy (Martyn Waghorn) or Nathan Oduwa it doesn’t matter. That’s why we want players who can play in a variety of positions," he added.

"If we have that, we can afford to run with a lean, hungry squad because we have players who can adapt."

The depth of the Rangers squad is undoubtedly one of their biggest strengths and their versatility in attack, in particular, is one of the key reasons for their explosive start to the season.

Despite his claims to the contrary, however, there are clearly players ahead of others in the pecking order, but Warburton’s comments are a wise attempt to galvanise the squad

And they seem to be working, with every squad player called upon so far able to match the standards being set by the 'first-choice' players.

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