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Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers travel to Motherwell this weekend - this time under Mark Warburton.

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Lionel Ainsworth has claimed to The Scottish Sun that Saturday's opponents Rangers will know that he and his Motherwell team-mates will give them a tricky game at Fir Park.

The Gers face Motherwell in their first competitive game of the season this weekend as Mark Warburton's side gear up for a hectic period.

Rangers fans display a banner

The trip to Fir Park is Rangers' first League Cup outing of four in a nine-day period, and the Glasgow giants will be returning to the scene of their 3-0 demolition in the Scottish Premiership playoffs 14 months ago in a result which sealed a 6-1 aggregate defeat.

Ainsworth scored in both of those ties, but although Rangers are a much different animal under Warburton, the 28-year-old midfielders says the blues will still know victory against Mark McGhee's side is anything but a foregone conclusion.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates winning the Scottish Championship with the trophy

He told The Scottish Sun: “There are many people who think Rangers can win it," Ainsworth said about their Premiership title hopes.

“That’s what goes with the territory of being a massive club. But we want to win on Saturday and they will know that they are in a game when they come to our place.”

Rangers manager Mark Warburton (R) and Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs

One of Rangers' biggest signings this summer has been midfielder Joey Barton, but the 33-year-old is unlikely to feature against Motherwell.

Barton, who joined on a Bosman after helping Burnley win promotion to the Premier League last term, only began pre-season training this week.

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