Rangers manager Mark Warburton
Rangers have been one of the busiest clubs in the transfer market this summer as boss Mark Warburton bids to bring in the necessary quality in order to help mount a Scottish Premiership title challenge.
The Gers have returned to the top division of Scottish football following a four-year absence, and thus far they’ve made a decent start by taking seven points from a possible nine.
Warburton’s men cruised to the Scottish Championship title last term, but upon promotion the real hard work was just beginning as behind the scenes a number of transfer plans were drawn up ahead of this season.
Joey Barton applauds fans as he is substituted
There is without doubt a gap in quality between the top half of the Scottish Premiership and that of the second tier, and Warburton knew this and thus went out and really strenghtened his side’s squad.
The likes of Joey Barton, Niko Kranjcar, Clint Hill and Matt Gilks have all added experience, while the likes of Jordan Rossiter and Josh Windass have come in and added fresh youthfulness.
But Rangers’ latest signing, striker Joe Garner for a reported £1.8 million fee (Daily Record) from Preston North End, shows real intent as it’s a relatively big fee for a proven 28-year-old player.
Warburton now has a number of options at his disposal in differing systems such as 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1, but below we have attempted to partner Garner and Martyn Waghorn in a new alternative best eleven.
While the back four remains the same as last season, it’s in the middle and final third where the Glasgow club now have plenty of alternatives and such competition for places can only inspire better performances.
With Waghorn and Garner upfront and Barton an expected mainstay in the middle of the park, Jordan Rossiter, Harry Forrester and Barrie McKay complete the line-up but that could all change.
Missing from that particular eleven is the likes of Windass, Kranjcar, Andy Halliday, Michael O’Halloran and veteran striker Kenny Miller - illustrating the depth and quality now available at Warburton’s disposal.
General View of Ibrox Stadium