MARK WARBURTON has revealed he will make changes for tomorrow night’s game with Raith Rovers at Ibrox.
The gaffer will be without the services of both Michael O’Halloran and Billy King on Saturday for the game with Dundee given they are cup-tied, meaning there is a real likelihood of both being involved tomorrow.
Warburton told today’s press conference: “We are all fit and in good shape having trained well today. We’ll bring some young ones with us too as there are a number of boys who have done well in the under-20s and under-17s, so they will get their chance to come in and mingle around and learn.
“There will be one or two changes tomorrow. We haven’t got big numbers, but it won’t be a major shift.
“So there will be one or two come in, and we’ll give one or two a rest and make sure we utilise the squad in the best way possible for the rest of the season.
“The games are coming thick and fast now, so we need to make sure we utilise the squad in the best way we can.
“There are guys who are out at the weekend as they are cup tied, and we are tight with numbers what with losing Martyn Waghorn, and you could say we will lose an entire front-line with no Billy King and Michael O’Halloran for Saturday.
“But we have the quality with Barrie McKay, Kenny Killer, Nicky Clark and Harry Forrester, so touch wood, we are in a good place in terms of options, and we are looking forward to the game.”
Warburton also dismissed any talk of the Championship title race being over after Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs had claimed it would be very difficult for his side to go up automatically as champions.
The manager added: “It doesn’t change our thinking. With the greatest respect to Alan, what they say doesn’t impact Rangers – we can’t control that.
“Right now there are 10 games with 30 points on the table. Look at Leicester City last year – everyone said they were doomed and relegated, but they have put together a fantastic run – and look where they are now.
“We have to recognise that our job is to take things one game at a time and to deliver a performance. It sounds boring and repetitive, but it has been that way from the start of the season for us and that won’t change.
“There is no focus on the weekend or next week, it’s purely about Raith. We had a good result on Saturday and we have trained well and recovered well since.
“I’d be foolish to sit here and say we aren’t in a good position, but the truth is we haven’t won anything yet.”