Former Rangers forward Steven Thompson predicts whether Mark Warburton will change club's style of play for Scottish Premiership

General View of Ibrox Stadium

Mark Warburton is preparing his Glasgow Rangers squad for their Scottish Premiership return.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the match

Former Rangers striker Steven Thompson does not believe that his old club will be using pre-season to work on a different style of play, but rather, will be focusing on getting their new signings up to speed with the philosophy that saw the Gers secure promotion in the first place, the Evening Times reports.

The Light Blues have already added Joey Barton, Matt Crooks, Josh Windass and Jordan Rossiter to their squad this summer. 

Burnley's Joey Barton

And with a defence that boasts little depth currently, while 36-year-old Kenny Miller and Martyn Waghorn are likely to be shouldering the majority of the goalscoring burden, it seems highly likely that the quartet will not be the only arrivals in the coming months.

But rather than working on a new system with the entire team, Thompson expects their preparations for their Scottish Premiership return to be based around making sure the new arrivals know their roles in the club's existing system.

Andy Halliday celebrates with Kenny Miller after scoring the second goal for Rangers

"I can't see Rangers changing too much tactically," he told the Evening Times.

"Mark Warburton and Davie Weir are set in the way they have the team playing. I don't see them changing their principles, philosophies, ideas or style of play, even if they are now in the Premiership.

"That's already been drilled into the most of the players. It may be about letting the new guys know more about how you were playing."

Lee Wallace celebrates after scoring the first goal for Rangers

Though some may be concerned that the step-up in quality of opposition next season may see their free-flowing style of play become much less effective, their performances against top flight sides during their Scottish Cup campaign of this past campaign showed that they can play their attractive brand of football against the better teams in the country and come out on top.

And with their signings seeing them add plenty of quality of their own following promotion, it may be that Rangers will have a strong enough squad to thrive at the highest level playing the brand of football that got them into the top flight in the first place.

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