Mark Warburton explains what Rangers will have to do to win at Ibrox this season

Rangers manager Mark Warburton

The Gers will face tougher visitors on a regular basis in the top flight this season.

Rangers manager Mark WarburtonRangers manager Mark Warburton

Mark Warburton has shared his thoughts on what Rangers will need to do to overcome teams at Ibrox this season, in an interview with the club’s official website.

The Gers will play their first top flight game in four years when Hamilton visit on Saturday and Warburton knows every home game will be a challenge, with teams treating their trip to Ibrox like a cup final.

General View of Ibrox StadiumGeneral View of Ibrox Stadium

“We know our opponents and there are some who will thrive on coming to Ibrox, which is just an iconic football stadium; the quality of the pitch and the packed crowd,” said the 53-year old.

“I think some teams will open up, some teams will look to sit back and counter but that is irrelevant - not in a bad way - we will recognise it and do our analysis, as we always do, but we must focus on what we do well. That is very important to us.

“We must concentrate on moving it very well, not taking an unnecessary touch, good rotations and high on the movement – if we can get all of that right and more then we will be a match for anyone,” he added.

Rangers' manager Mark WarburtonRangers' manager Mark Warburton

Rangers have generally cruised their way to victory over the past four seasons but they will now be facing a higher level of quality on a more regular basis and will need to adjust accordingly.

The task ahead of Warburton is a daunting one: stop Celtic claiming their sixth successive league title.

His team have shown they are capable of competing at the top of Scottish football – not least by beating the Hoops on the way to last season’s Scottish Cup Final – but to do it over the course of the season will take a monumental effort.

Niko Kranjcar - Queens Park Rangers on the benchNiko Kranjcar

The likes of Nico Kranjcar and Joey Barton, in particular, will bring invaluable experience and quality but Rangers have strengthened across the board and now boast quality cover in almost every position on the pitch.

Toppling Celtic in their first season back in the top flight will be one of the Gers’ greatest achievements and Saturday’s league opener will provide a telling insight as to their chances of doing so.

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