Rangers manager Mark Warburton has explained that he is already planning how to keep his squad in shape during the winter break.

The Gers, whose last competitive game came in the form of a 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock on 27th August, thrashed Linfield 7-0 in a friendly at Windsor Park at the weekend.

With a vital game against Celtic coming up on Saturday, Rangers warmed up for the Old Firm derby by taking the field in a friendly encounter during the ongoing international break.

And Warburton, who feels playing games during the winter break is more important than turning out during an international break, insisted that making his side play friendly games during the three-week long break in January is high on his agenda.

“Not so much international breaks – this time we played on the Friday night and it was going to be over two weeks until the next game, and we were very aware of that”, he told Rangers TV.


“If it works for us, we will do it. The one that concerns is January and the three-week break, and what we do there.

“I am sure teams will be scrambling for games, so we have to make sure we are prepared for that.”

Rangers, who will be playing Celtic in the top flight for the first time since 2012, are currently second in the Scottish Premiership with eight points from four outings.