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Warburton praises Rangers duo

Niko Kranjcar

Two of Mark Warburton's summer signings for Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers faced Motherwell.

Niko Kranjcar - Queens Park Rangers on the bench

Speaking to Rangers TV, manager Mark Warburton has said that new signings Niko Kranjcar and Josh Windass looked "very, very positive" from the 2-0 League Cup win at Motherwell on Saturday, adding that the Croat can have a big impact in Scottish football.

The pair made their competitive debuts for the Gers as Warburton's side got their 2016-17 campaign off to a fine start, with James Tavernier opening the scoring shortly after the break, before Martyn Waghorn doubled the advantage in the dying stages.

Queens Park Rangers' Niko Kranjcar (L) and Doncaster Rovers' Dean Furman in action

Windass, who officially joined Rangers in the winter transfer window but only joined up with his new team-mates this summer, earned a 21-minute cameo, while Kranjcar had half-an-hour to impress off the bench.

The Croatia international and former Tottenham man has 81 caps for his country, and Warburton is certain that the 31-year-old can make a big dent in Scottish football throughout his spell in Glasgow.

Accrington Stanley's Josh Windass (L) celebrates after he scores his sides first goal

"Delighted to get Josh and Niko on. They looked very, very positive," he told Rangers TV.

On Kranjcar, Warburton added: "We mentioned before that you don't get 80 odd caps for Croatia if you're not at the level that Niko is.

"He recognises what he has to do. He recognises the fitness levels that he has to establish, but he has the ability to undoubtedly impact on Scottish football."

Warburton has already revealed that Joey Barton, another of his eight summer signings, will likely figure on Tuesday when Annan Athletic visit Ibrox in another League Cup clash - the second of four matches in nine days.

Accrington Stanley's Josh Windass warms up before the match

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