Mark Warburton speaks on Scottish Cup final preparations

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Mark Warburton says Scottish Championship winners Rangers will face an English Premier League side next month in preparation for the Scottish Cup final.

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has announced via STV that his boys will contest a friendly with an English Premier League side next month.

Rangers, who lifted the Scottish Championship title this afternoon following a 1-1 draw with Alloa, only two have matches left in what has been an utterly dominant league campaign, with Warburton's troops 13 points clear of second-placed Falkirk.

This poses something of a problem for the former Brentford boss, whose side have a 20-day break between their final Championship outing and the Scottish Cup final on May 21.

Such a lengthy gap increases the chances of rust ahead of meeting Hibernian in the showpiece at Hampden, but Warburton says that he and his boys will head down South for a friendly with one of England's top-flight sides in order to stay sharp for the final, in which Rangers could win a treble.

The 53-year-old, who has also led the Glasgow giants to Petrofac Cup success, is quoted as saying by STV: "It's important to get the preparation right. We'll give the lads four days off. Any longer is dangerous as they get in holiday mode.

"So four days off is enough to give them a break and recharge. Then we'll get them back in, have a friendly with a Premier League side down south around May 11 to keep the boys sharp. Then we'll come back up and train. The week up to the final will be the same as always.

"I think it is important to finish on a high. Obviously Hibs will say the same thing."

The final week of the Premier League season commences on May 15, by which stage quite a few teams will have very little to play for.

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