Motherwell forward suggests Rangers' squad is of a similar standard to a top League One team in England

General View of Ibrox Stadium

Mark Warburton's Glasgow Rangers squad are preparing for their first season back in the top flight.

Burton's Jacob Blyth (L) in action with Portsmouth's Johnny ErtlMotherwell's Jacob Blyth during his loan spell at Burton

Motherwell forward Jacob Blyth has told the Daily Record that after coming up against Rangers on Saturday, he feels that Mark Warburton's men are of a similar standard to a League One team in England, if not higher.

The two sides met on the opening day of the season in the first game of the revamped Scottish League Cup. And despite the Light Blues winning 2-0 at Fir Park, Blyth - who played the final 11 minutes of the game - appeared to be slightly underwhelmed by the team he came up against as he outlined what sort of level he would expect them to be playing at south of the border.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the matchRangers manager Mark Warburton

"How did I find it? It was good. It was nothing I haven't been used to in the past," he told the Record.

"I didn't think it was overly difficult but it was a good test. I'd have to say League One is the highest level I've played against the likes of Wigan.

"There were good, fit and athletic teams there and obviously Rangers are there or thereabouts. It was about that level, if not higher.

Rangers' Martyn Waghorn celebrates scoring their fourth goalMartyn Waghorn scored Rangers' second in the win

"That is the closest I have been to Rangers' level. You're always going to expect Rangers to be fit and ready for the occasion. We expected nothing less."

In fairness to Blyth, few of the players that featured for the Gers on Saturday really managed to establish themselves in the top two levels of English football before they moved to Ibrox.

However, there are arguably several names that either barely featured against Well, or did not play at all, that will surely change Blyth's opinion of the standard within the Rangers squad.

Queens Park Rangers' Niko Kranjcar (L) and Doncaster Rovers' Dean Furman in actionNiko Kranjcar made his Rangers debut in the win

Niko Kranjcar was only given half an hour against their Scottish Premiership rivals, having played no part in pre-season so far, while the likes of Joey Barton and Clint Hill did not feature. 

The trio bring with them bags of top flight experience, and while there may be concerns about whether Hill and Kranjcar will find their best form at Ibrox, Barton was arguably the best player in the Championship last year and his performances suggested that he would not have looked out of place in the Premier League this season.

And with five competitive games ahead for Warburton to get his squad up to speed before the two sides meet again, Blyth may well have a different opinion of what level Rangers would be at if they were in the English pyramid after coming up against them for a second time. 

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