MARK Warburton has revealed five first-team players will feature when the Rangers under 20s play Ross County on Tuesday afternoon.
Philippe Senderos, Danny Wilson, Matt Crooks, Martyn Waghorn and Barrie McKay will all travel north with the Gers boss keen they all pick up valuable minutes.
Senderos and Wilson are making a playing return from injury after being involved with training over the last week.
Warburton said: “We had a decent session on Monday and four or five of the boys will be involved in the under 20s game on Tuesday at Ross County.
“That is good for them and means they can get some pitch time after the break, that has worked out well for us and they have a good playing surface up there.
“We will probably look to involve Philippe and Danny from a defensive point of view, Matt Crooks and Barrie McKay will get some pitch time and Waggy will play too.
“Waggy, all credit to him, was keen to play in the last 20s game but it was an artificial surface and we were hesitant.
“They are putting four or five first-teamers out as well so hopefully it will be a good test and they will look forward to that.
“We were down to two centre-halves and all credit to the medical and performance guys for working so hard and to the boys for putting the effort in.
“They boys are back and training with us and they need minutes now, at the moment Clint and Rob have the jerseys but it is about being ready when your chance comes along.”
Elsewhere Warburton admitted to frustration when it comes to promising midfielder Jordan Rossiter as he admitted the 19-year-old suffered a set-back in his rehab.
The liverpudlian is nursing a calf injury, having not played since late August when he hobbled off against Kilmarnock.
Another in the treatment room is Niko Kranjcar and Warburton confirmed the Croatian’s surgery on a cruciate knee injury had been a success.
The Gers manager said:
“Jordan is getting there, he had a small set-back and there is a lot of work being done with him.
“Jordan is a boy who just wants to play football; his ability is more than evident to anyone who has seen him play this season.
“The frustration is obvious but he’s working hard and these things happen, these frustrations come with the game.
“Jordan is very frustrated at the moment but there is no doubt his quality is there and we’ll see it sooner rather than later I’m sure.
“Niko’s operation went well, the stitches came out on Monday, which he is pleased about and the inflammation is down.
“He is going through the normal four weeks and then after four weeks he will revisit the surgeon and hopefully get the greenlight to push on from there.
“It is a really structured week by week programme, there is no cutting corners and unfortunately it is a very common injury in football now but the programme is set.
“It is a week by week programme and you can’t be doing well at four weeks and jump ahead to eight, it doesn’t work that way, you have to go step after step.
“He is in great hands and his attitude is first-class and we have no doubt he will return back fitter and stronger than ever.”