Rangers boss Mark Warburton explains why he isn't concerned with having a 'first XI'

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the match

The Gers will rely heavily on squad rotation this season.

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

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has commented on the importance of squad depth this season, in an interview with Rangers TV.

The Gers have rotated considerably so far during their League Cup campaign and Warburton has explained his lack of belief in having a set ‘first XI’.

“We have to have a squad where everyone is ready, everyone understands their role and how we play and they can step straight in,” said the 53-year old.

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

“We are going to have to use that squad this season and rotate a lot more than last year but it is about us together and not about any one individual player. If we can get the squad in the right shape then they understand what we have to do then we’ll have a good season.

“It’s not about the best 11, it’s about the squad, 11 won’t win anything this season. We have to make sure we have a squad there where everyone understands their role and maintains a real level of fitness and desire,” he added.

Rangers have enjoyed a successful transfer window so far and now boast reliable options across the pitch.

Niko Kranjcar - Tottenham Hotspur warms upNiko Kranjcar

The likes of Joey Barton and Nico Kranjcar have added real quality and experience to central midfield, while young prospects like Joe Dodoo and Jordan Rossiter have the potential to grow into great players.

The Gers’ smart summer business has positioned them well to challenge Celtic this season but they will need to utilise their squad to the fullest if they are to go the distance with Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesJordan Rossiter

An imperious start in the League Cup – which saw Rangers record four wins from four, scoring ten and conceding none in the process - has boosted confidence at Ibrox ahead of the new campaign, but the real work begins on August 6th when Hamilton arrive in Glasgow.

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