MARK Warburton has put Josh Windass’ injury problems down to him adapting to the demands of being a Rangers player. He hopes to have the midfielder back to face Hearts.

The 22-year-old moved from Accrington Stanley in the summer and has been plagued by hamstring problems since, making 12 appearances in all competitions out of a possible 23.

Windass’ latest setback came in the Gers 2-1 win over Partick Thistle and while his boss says he isn’t concerned about his stop start beginning to life at Ibrox, Warburton admits he and his staff must treat Windass with kid gloves.

Warburton said:“Josh we hope will come back this week; again you have to look after young players and look at the bigger picture.

“We talk about the demands we place on young players coming to Rangers and that is everything, the expectation of the crowd, playing in front of 50,000 and dealing with a more intense training regime.

“Their body is adapting to the demands of that and Josh is a young player with a very bright future ahead of him but we have to look after him.

“I hope we are getting closer with Jordan too and fingers crossed I hope he will be available for selection soon.

“We have to look at the regime with Josh, what he is used to and that is no disrespect to any previous club but it is what they have been used to and what they are being asked to do now in terms of intensity of work.


“Hopefully these players will adapt, Josh and Jordan are young guys and it is still very very early in their Rangers careers and hopefully they both have very long and fruitful careers ahead of them.”

While Windass and Rossiter focus on making their return to Warburton’s side one player who is certain to miss out against Hearts is Clint Hill.

The centre-half picked up two yellow cards to be dismissed against Aberdeen, meaning the club can’t appeal Steven McLean’s decision.

Warburton said: “Clint was excellent, I thought Clint and Rob on Saturday were both brilliant, it is great we have the options of Danny and Philippe but there is no doubt that Clint is showing his value, his worth, his experience and his aerial strength.

“Any player is a loss because we are tight on numbers, with Josh, Jordan and Niko all being out.

“Clint is a senior pro but Rob and Danny have played together countless times and Philippe has an excellent CV as well.

“The fact is Clint is 38, he has seen so much in football and can pass on that experience, good mature senior pros can add that quality and they can help younger players play their best and provide that confidence.”

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