Mark Warburton responds when asked how Gers would fare in Scottish Premiership

Mark Warburton believes Rangers would fare well if they were in the Scottish Premiership this season.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton is gearing up for the Scottish League Cup clash with St. Johnstone this evening - and has told the Daily Mail that he believes his side would fare well in the top flight.

Warburton faces a Scottish Premiership side for the first time this season, representing the biggest test for Rangers so far this campaign.

Rangers head into the game in sensational form, having won all 11 of their competitive games under new manager Warburton - and they sit seven points clear at the top of the Scottish Championship, with a +20 goal difference already.

Tonight though is the barometer game for Rangers. Warburton's aim is clearly to get to the Scottish Premiership this season, and facing off against a top flight team will be a great indication of just where Rangers are at this stage of their development under Warburton.

Speaking ahead of the game at Ibrox this evening, Warburton was asked whether Rangers would succeed if they were in the Scottish Premiership this season - and the Gers boss told the Daily Mail that whilst it's difficult to tell, he believes Rangers would fare 'very well'.

"I think we'd be faring very well," said Warburton. "It's all hypothetical but you watch us often enough and I think we are a good squad, technically sound, physically strong, we have good tactical awareness and a strong mental belief. I think the fact we have won 11 games on the spin tells you the team are mentally strong as well. So in the four key areas we've got good quality."

"I'm not saying we are the best or anything like that, only that we are in a good position right now and we want to keep on building from here," he added.

Rangers have been dominating in the Scottish Championship, but they would face much tougher tasks if they took on the likes of Aberdeen, Hearts or even their Old Firm rivals Celtic.

Tonight will show whether Rangers really are as good as Warburton believes they are - and given their recent form, Rangers may just be favourites to claim a victory tonight.

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