Derek Johnstone names two of Rangers' star players from last season whose places are no longer safe

General view of Ibrox - Rangers

Mark Warburton has added plenty of depth to his Glasgow Rangers squad this summer.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton with Martyn Waghorn at the end of the matchRangers manager Mark Warburton with Martyn Waghorn

Derek Johnstone believes that despite the fantastic seasons they both enjoyed last year, James Tavernier and Martyn Waghorn no longer have guaranteed places in the Rangers team, the Evening Times reports.

In preparation for their return to the Scottish Premiership, Mark Warburton has made nine signings over the summer. They have included full-back Lee Hodson, attacking midfielders Niko Kranjcar and Josh Windass and striker Joe Dodoo.

Rangers' James Tavernier celebratesJames Tavernier

Their arrivals have meant that right-back Tavernier and last season's top goalscorer Waghorn - who has also been used in a wider role as part of a front three - have plenty of competition this term.

And Johnstone has suggested that Warburton has added the kind of depth that means that the pair would be unable to take their places for granted as there are several names who could take their place.

Rangers' Martyn Waghorn celebrates scoring their fourth goal

"The one thing that will have hit Martyn, as it would have James Tavernier, both of whom we spoke about last week, is that he now has someone eyeing his starting jersey every week," he told the Evening Times.

"Tavernier would have watched the Annan game on Tuesday night and been impressed with Lee Hodson and he will know he has to be at his best if he is to keep his place in the team.

"Martyn is exactly the same having seen a lot of attack minded players come in over the summer, with Joe Dodoo being the latest one this week after he signed from Leicester City.

Barry McKay celebrates with James Tavernier after scoring the second goal for RangersTavernier celebrating with Barrie McKay

"With Kenny Miller, Barrie McKay and Michael O’Halloran all able to operate across the front three, and there will be another forward coming in, Mark has got plenty of options."

Having watched Tavernier and Waghorn tear opposition apart last season, it is likely that Warburton will be hoping that the pair rise to the challenge and find the kind of form that makes them impossible to drop.

But the amount of depth they now boast means that they stand a much greater chance of mounting a title challenge as Warburton will have some excellent alternatives to turn to if the pair struggle to rediscover their best form over the coming season. 

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