Rangers are taking an extended break during this international break.
Rangers are taking an extra week off from playing during this international break, and Martyn Waghorn has told the Evening Times that this time off could be crucial later in the season when other teams have been hit by tiredness and fatigue.
Waghorn said: “It is a long season in a tough league and there will be times towards the end of the season where you might get a bit tired and fatigued. This break might not benefit us this week or next week or in the next few but near the end of the season when the games are relentless is could be crucial. It is important you rest up and get a break when you can.”
Rangers sit atop the Scottish Championship after 13 games, with 12 wins and one loss, but they now have a week off whilst the international break is on.
Whilst closest rivals Hibs are playing against Livingston next Tuesday, Rangers do not return to the field of play until the 21st of the month.
Mark Warburton’s were meant to be playing Dumbarton this coming weekend, but he opted to move the game, as he would have been without the likes of Gedion Zelalem and Nathan Oduwa - who will be off on international duty.
The Gers would still have a squad capable of defeating most opponents in their league, but Warburton has still decided to move the game, and Waghorn believes it will have an impact later in the season.
The Rangers players get an added week off to recover and get back to full fitness, and whilst this may not show an impact straight away, the free-scoring striker believes that the Gers will benefit later in the season.
Whilst their league rivals would have played every week and may be suffering from fatigue, Waghorn and his teammates will be able to call upon added fitness reserves that come from having spent this week off playing.
Warburton has a squad who possess enough quality to win the Championship this season, but he is still doing everything he can to ensure his side have the best chance of getting back to the top flight as soon as possible.