MARK WARBURTON says that the players have earned some time off this week after a grueling season and that they need to use it wisely to allow them to recuperate for the Scottish Cup final.

The Light Blues stars will enjoy four days off this week before returning to training on Friday and ramping up preparations for the Scottish Cup final at Auchenhowie and with a trip to London for a closed door friendly.

Warburton says that this period where the players can relax after a long campaign is crucial as he explained to RangersTV after yesterday’s final league game of the season at Paisley.

He said: “It’s really important that the players use their time off wisely. They’ve worked hard and earned this four days off.

“It’s a chance to rest, to recover, to take some time off with their family, go away for a few days and they need that after a long and hard season.

“Don’t forget that they are young players and that there are a number of players who have played in nearly every minute of every game like Lee Wallace, Wes Foderingham and James Tavernier and it’s a real testament to them.

“All over the park they have played a high number of games, which has a high demand on them physically. They have done really well with that and coped really well and now they can have their rest to be ready for the cup final.”

Gers players Michael O’Halloran, Billy King and Dominic Ball are all not available to play in the Scottish Cup final against Alan Stubbs’ Hibernian, however Warburton says they will continue to train with the squad in preparation for the match.

He continued “They are involved and they are part of our training group and have a role to play. They will be part of our squad who are training and they have a big part to play.

“Their quality and their tempo is very important for us and they will play in the friendly game as well. They have a big role to play between now and the 21st of May.”

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