MARK WARBURTON says it is important his squad know that any one of them could be called on for any game.
The manager hasn’t named an unchanged side this season and while he admits that is in part down to bad luck with injuries he stressed to RangersTV that rotation is important to his philosophy.
Warburton believes every player should see a way into his starting XI and that there is no point in having a squad if it’s not utilised.
“You can’t recruit and say to a squad of players you can come here and play and then say no these are my eight or nine every single week.
“The squad have to know and have to firmly believe that we will use anyone in the squad.
“It is about knowing that the squad are fit and ready so whatever the circumstance it is knowing what they can do and that they can add quality to the team effort.
“The fact is I am comfortable with centre-halves, then at centre-forwards I have Joe Garner, Waggy, Kenny Miller, who has been outstanding and also Joe Dodoo, who is back from injury and training exceptionally well.
“Then look at our wide players, we have Michael O’Halloran and Harry Forrester, Kenny can drift out wide too so we have options.
“In defence we could have a variety of starting combinations but the fact is Clint and Danny have done very well.
“Clint has shown a real resilience to his play and is full of experience while Danny is adapting to being on the right side for us.
“Right now they have the shirt and Rob and Phillipe are working their socks off for us to get those shirts, in the right way of course.
“If you look at our midfield over the last few games you have seen Andy and Holty coming back into the team and Josh has been injured, hopefully he is nearly back now.
“But it was about getting the combination right, Harry Forrester played wide left on Tuesday and then went into midfield and started there on Sunday.
“We have gone from seven midfielders down to three suddenly so that puts demands on other players.”
The manager’s injury concerns have been mainly focussed on his midfield and he updated RangersTV on the progress of Jordan Rossiter, Josh Windass and Matt Crooks.
Rossiter hasn’t played since August 26 while Windass pulled up during the warm up of last week’s League Cup quarter-final with a hamstring problem.
Crooks made his debut against Queens after seven months out with an ankle injury and travelled to Aberdeen at the weekend but wasn’t risked.
“Jordan has a calf strain, he went away with England with a niggle and it got worse in training on international duty.
“Jordan is a superb professional and is desperate to play every game and it is a low grade strain but at the moment it is proving troublesome. Hopefully he is a couple of weeks away.
“Josh Windass had more a neural (nerve) problem rather than a muscle problem so fingers crossed he will make good progress this week and be available for selection.
“Matt Crooks has some slight effusion on the knee (water on the knee) but he has trained well at the start of the week and looks in good shape.
“Matt is very keen now, he needs to get some match time and the worst thing we could do is try and hurry back a young player.”