Mark Warburton to rotate Rangers squad for Raith Rovers clash, may give youth a chance

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The Rangers boss says that he will bring in some youth stars as he makes changes to his squad for the fixture on Tuesday night.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told the club's official website that he will may give some of their brightest young fringe players an opportunity to shine against Raith Rovers on Tuesday night as he makes changes to his squad.

The Gers moved 11 points clear of Hibernian at the top of the Scottish Championship table this weekend, and with a Scottish Cup quarter-final against Dundee on the horizon next weekend, he confirmed that he will look to rest a couple of his regular players in midweek.

Players such as Michael O'Halloran and Billy King, who are both cup-tied for the weekend's clash, are expected to play some part, and Warburton also said that he will take along one or two of the more impressive performers from the club's youth teams.

He told the club's website: "We are all fit and in good shape having trained well today. We’ll bring some young ones with us too as there are a number of boys who have done well in the under-20s and under-17s, so they will get their chance to come in and mingle around and learn.

"The games are coming thick and fast now, so we need to make sure we utilise the squad in the best way we can. There are guys who are out at the weekend as they are cup tied, and we are tight with numbers what with losing Martyn Waghorn, and you could say we will lose an entire front-line with no Billy King and Michael O’Halloran for Saturday.

"There will be one or two changes tomorrow. We haven’t got big numbers, but it won’t be a major shift. There will be one or two come in, and we’ll give one or two a rest and make sure we utilise the squad in the best way possible for the rest of the season."

Warburton looks certain to lead the Glasgow club back into the Scottish Premier League after four seasons away as they gap at the top was extended to nearly four matches thanks to Harry Forrester's late winner against St. Mirren and Hibernian's shock defeat at Dumbarton.

The Gers have been in imperious form throughout the season and have lost just three times in 36 matches in all competitions this season in Warburton's first campaign at the helm.

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