Mark Warburton labels five players within Rangers squad as top class professionals

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the match

Warburton's Glasgow Rangers side are preparing for their first season back in the Scottish Premiership.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates after being promoted to the Scottish PremiershipRangers manager Mark Warburton

Mark Warburton has named five players within Rangers' squad who he considers to be top class professionals, the Evening Times reports.

The Light Blues have made nine signings this summer as they prepare for their first campaign back in the Scottish Premiership since their demotion to bottom tier. 

Rangers' Martyn Waghorn (L) in action with Kilmarnock's Steven SmithMartyn Waghorn was one of the players to receive praise from Warburton

However, it is a quintet who were part of their successful Championship campaign that Warburton has singled out for praise, with Martyn Waghorn receiving additional recognition for the work he has done to get back to full fitness following the lengthy spell on the sidelines he endured during the final months of last season.

"You saw him on Tuesday night and you see a player who is the ultimate professional. He missed three months of the season and he has been working hard in training," he told the Evening Times.

"Everything he does in terms of his gym work, his body weight is getting better every day because he is a top professional.

"It rubs off on the other players but they are all top class pros – [Kenny] Miller, [Lee] Wallace, [Jason] Holt, [Andy] Halliday."

Rangers' Kenny MillerKenny Miller

Although the likes of Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar have the ability to take the Gers to the next level, it is that core of players that were instrumental in helping the side secure promotion last year that will help integrate their summer signings into the system that they played with devastating impact last term. 

As Warburton suggests, those players' attitudes will inevitably create a better atmosphere amongst the squad as it will inspire every single member of the side to push themselves in everything they are doing as they know that there will be a teammate ready to take their place if they let their standards drop. 

Lee Wallace celebrates after scoring the first goal for RangersLee Wallace

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