RANGERS will not have the element of surprise on their side when they take on Celtic for the first time this season – according to the manager.
Mark Warburton doesn’t believe his side have been successful against Premiership opposition this season because they haven’t played them as much as Championship teams.
The gaffer isn’t taking the Hoops threat lightly but is confident in his squad’s ability after overcoming a number of hurdles this season.
He said: “I don’t think we are a surprise and let’s have a sense of reality for a moment, they [Celtic] have a high quality squad.
“We will go into that game, touch wood, in good form with lots of self-belief and we will play them very well – there is no doubt about that.
“But they are top of the Premier League and have had five years plus in European competition and have the budget and the players.
“We are appreciative of that, we respect that but in no way will we go into it with a negative approach.
“It’s about Rangers and we know it will be a tough test and it’s another challenge for us but the players have responded all season to tough challenges. We will look forward to that game but the key message is; not yet.”
The manager also shared positive injury news about Martyn Waghorn with Rangerstv.tv.
The striker faced a long spell on the sidelines after picking up a knee injury at Kilmarnock in the Cup and Warburton says the former Wigan man is working hard on an early return.
He said: “Waggy has been an outstanding pro, he has worked so hard and our physio came to see me just now to say he is ahead of schedule, which is good news but we need to make sure he is right.”
“He will be keen to play at Hampden, I am sure, but it’s important to make sure he is well looked after and ready for next season as well.”
RANGERS welcome Jim Duffy’s Greenock Morton to Ibrox on Friday night in the SPFL Championship and tickets are still on sale.
The Gers are back in League action after defeating Premiership side Dundee 4:0 in the Scottish Cup at the weekend and will have the opportunity to stretch the lead at the top of the table to seventeen points at Ibrox.
You can still be there with tickets on sale now – details below:
Rangers v Morton
Friday 11 March 2016 – Kick Off 7.45pm
*Ticket prices from £18 adults, £13 concessions and £5 juniors
*Prices quoted are for the Family stand.