Rangers manager Mark Warburton (R)
Rangers boss Mark Warburton is not a happy man as he prepares his side to face Motherwell in the Betfred Cup tomorrow.
The Ibrox boss has vented his anger at the new League Cup system, which sees Rangers getting back into competitive football again just three-and-a-half weeks after losing the Scottish Cup final to Hibernian.
Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates winning the Scottish Championship with the trophy
He is quoted by the Daily Record as stating:
“The ideal situation would be to play Motherwell and both teams be able to play seven or eight subs.
“What we are going to face now is a prestigious competition and eight boys will play 90 minutes. That’s far from ideal.”
He continued, suggesting that Rangers may not be fielding their best possible team for the game as a result of the inconsiderate scheduling:
“We broke up on May 22 and had three-and-a-half weeks off after the cup final and are now straight back into it. So it’s not as if we have given them an extended break.
General view of Ibrox - Rangers
“To play four games in nine days is a demanding schedule so early in the season. I don’t understand that but it is what it is.
“We’ll do what we have to but all our focus has to be August 6 against Hamilton in the first league game.”
Rangers are certainly right to feel aggrieved. The Scottish Championship winners have had time for just one pre-season friendly, against American side Charleston Battery, before being asked to play in a competitive fixture – something which does not sit well with Warburton.
Stephen McManus celebrates with Scott McDonald after scoring the second goal for Motherwell
Rangers would of course like to go far in this competition but as Warburton makes clear the priority for them is to challenge Old Firm rivals Celtic for the Scottish Premiership crown and that will remain the priority.
Rangers fans will just hope whatever team does take the field at Fir Park can do the job tomorrow.