Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates winning the Scottish Championship
Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told The Daily Record that midfielders Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar will not play against Motherwell this month.
The Scottish Premiership-bound side will take on Motherwell in the first round of the Scottish League Cup on July 16.
Warburton has said that neither Barton nor Kranjcar will feature in the game. The Rangers manager has stated that 19-year-old former Liverpool midfielder Jordan Rossiter will sit out of the match as well.
Rangers have been drawn alongside Motherwell, Stranraer, East Stirlingshire and Annan Athletic in the Scottish League Cup Group F.
“Joey probably won’t play on the 16th - and it’s the same with Niko and Jordan Rossiter,” Warburton told The Daily Record.
“We’ve got four games in nine days and the biggest fear is injury. We will have different squads for the 16th, 19th, 22nd and 25th and we will use a lot of the young boys too.
“Our focus has to be the start of the league. I’m hoping by the Burnley friendly on the July 30 we should be able to play our strongest starting 11.”
Barton, Kranjcar and Rossiter all joined Rangers in the summer transfer window. All three players will be important for the Gers in the upcoming 2016-17 campaign.
The Glasgow giants won the Scottish Championship title with ease last season and will feature in the Scottish Premiership during the 2016-17 campaign.
Rangers will be expected by many to give Old Firm rivals Celtic a run for their money next season. Warburton’s side are on a pre-season tour of the USA at the moment.