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Mark Warburton on Nicky Clark's standing within the Rangers squad

The forward produced a reminder of his quality in last night's win over Livingstone.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has talked up the quality of his squad and claimed he has faith in whoever he brings in.

Yesterday’s quarter final Petrofac Cup win over Livingston saw a rare appearance for Nicky Clark, who came on at half-time for the beleaguered Nathan Oduwa.

The on-loan Spurs winger was at the receiving end of a number of heavy challenges and Warburton deemed it in his best interest to call an early end to the youngster’s afternoon.

Livingston put up a tough resistance but eventually broke courtesy of a fantastic long-range strike from substitute Clark which left Marc McCallum with little chance.

Clark has found his game time limited this season - with the likes of Martyn Waghorn, Oduwa and Kenny Miller all ahead of him in the pecking order - but Warburton was quick to reassure the 24-year old that he remains an important figure at Ibrox.

“Nicky has never been out of my thoughts – the fact is that when you have someone like Martyn Waghorn on 15 and Kenny Miller comes in and scores goals, starting and as a sub, it is tough for people like Nicky,” said the Gers boss in an interview with Rangers TV.

“I have no doubts about his quality and I have no fear in using any members of the squad, it is a lean, tight squad but you have to have faith.

“There is no doubt amongst David and all the coaching staff that whoever we pick will provide brilliant quality.”

Rangers’ squad has been used to good effect so far this season and last night’s win was further evidence that the quality available to Warburton extends well beyond his first XI.

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