MARK WARBURTON doesn’t want to know his best 11 because frankly, for him, it won’t matter this season.

The manager stressed to Rangers TV that he will use his newly expanded squad to the max for the coming campaign.

Warburton was speaking after his side progressed into the second round of the League Cup with maximum points and not a goal conceded in their four group games.

He said: “It was pleasing; we maintained an intensity to our play for a longer period tonight. We still got lose in the last 15 minutes but it’s part of pre-season and we are getting there.

“I was delighted to see Joey Barton get an hour and Jordan Rossiter half an hour and Niko and Harry got the full 90.

“There was a lot of pleasing work, the clean sheets are very important to us as well and now we face a very tough test against Burnley.

“We have to have a squad where everyone is ready, everyone understands their role and how we play and they can step straight in.

“We are going to have to use that squad this season and rotate a lot more than last year but it is about us together and not about any one individual player.

“If we can get the squad in the right shape then they understand what we have to do then we’ll have a good season.

“It’s not about the best 11, it’s about the squad, 11 won’t win anything this season. We have to make sure we have a squad there where everyone understands their role and maintains a real level of fitness and desire.”

Barton started his first game for Rangers while Kranjcar completed his first 90 minutes since joining the club, the Croatian was nursing a thigh strain when he joined up with the squad for pre-season.

The 31-year-old netted his maiden goal for the Gers with a sweet second-half volley and his manager is thrilled with the progress he and Barton are making.

Warburton said: “Joey was very positive in possession, positive in decision making and used the ball very wisely, he is a very experienced pro so I’m delighted he got a good hour under his belt.

“He is behind the group in terms of fitness so it’s really pleasing to see that and on Saturday against Burnley we’ll get more time out of him.

“We are getting there, we have just under two weeks left and if we use him wisely we will be okay.

“It was great to see Niko score and for him to get 90 minutes, he has come through fitness wise and he has been working hard with the team.

“He is digging deep and for him, and Harry Forrester after his injury, to play the game is brilliant.”

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