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RANGERS will not ask for their Championship clash with Raith Rovers next weekend to be postponed due to international call-ups.

Boss Mark Warburton admitted at the weekend he could look to re-arrange the Ibrox clash if he was going to be without a host of key players due to the latest round of international fixtures.

But the match on Saturday, 5 September will proceed as normal and Warburton said: We are playing the game, it will go ahead as planned.

If we lost a lot of players due to international call-ups, we would look to do the right thing.

The only focus for us is being the best we can be each and every time. If we lost five, six, seven players then we would have to look at the situation.

That is not the case so we are comfortable and our focus will go onto that game as soon as we finish against Queen of the South and move forward from there.

A more pressing concern than the Raith fixture to Warburton is the trip to Airdrie tomorrow night as he looks for his seventh consecutive win as boss.

The Light Blues head to New Broomfield with a clean bill of health after Lee Wallace recovered from the knock he picked up against Hibernian on Sunday.

And Warburton is determined to add another win to his tally as he bid for a place in the League Cup third round.

He said: We have got scout reports and some footage so we will do our homework as best we can.

I dont know everything about them but we will look at the reports and discuss it with the team. We have had them watched and we will prepare the best we can.

Like any game, it is about us and if we apply ourselves and do what we do well we will be ok.

If we are sloppy, if we are loose, if we are below par, as we were on Sunday, we will have a problem.

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The thing I like with Warburton is that he thinks ahead to ensure that everything is considered for the betterment of the squad not only for the next game but for the preparations needed to plan for the one after it.

He gets the players to solely focus on the game at hand while he and DW plan ahead.

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The thing I like with Warburton is that he thinks ahead to ensure that everything is considered for the betterment of the squad not only for the next game but for the preparations needed to plan for the one after it.

He gets the players to solely focus on the game at hand while he and DW plan ahead.

You could argue this was also McCoist's reasoning for rearranging games that fell on international weekend.

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The thing I like with Warburton is that he thinks ahead to ensure that everything is considered for the betterment of the squad not only for the next game but for the preparations needed to plan for the one after it.

He gets the players to solely focus on the game at hand while he and DW plan ahead.

It's almost like a real manager

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You could argue this was also McCoist's reasoning for rearranging games that fell on international weekend.

That is indeed correct to a certain extent Mr S, depending on how many players were going to be away on International duty and who we were playing against. I have no problem with a manager be it Mark Warburton or Ally McCoist wanting to field his strongest possible team if he feels it is in the best interests of Rangers to do so.

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That is indeed correct to a certain extent Mr S, depending on how many players were going to be away on International duty and who we were playing against. I have no problem with a manager be it Mark Warburton or Ally McCoist wanting to field his strongest possible team if he feels it is in the best interests of Rangers to do so.

Spot on mate, it wasn't a dig at you btw. I was and still am one of McCoist's biggest critics (tu)

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It's almost like a real manager

Oh Warburton is a real manager alright! :thumbup: I used to think I was meticulous in my planning ahead but Warburton leaves me for dead. He has impressed me highly in his whole attitude since coming to us.

The big challenge will be when he has a 'blip' in his preparations and how he handles it, but for the moment he is doing everything right :pipe:

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Spot on mate, it wasn't a dig at you btw. I was and still am one of McCoist's biggest critics (tu)

I know you weren't having a dig at me,mate! and in my opinion the obvious difference between the McCoist situation and the Warburton situation is that Ally knew the strength (or otherwise) of the team we were having to play and he had a team full of premier league/International players that had been together for a long time, whereas Warburton has had no personal experience of the strength of Raith Rovers and he has a team still to gel, so I can understand him not wanting a slip up so early in his tenure. :pipe:

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If there are any " blips " as someone put it I don't think it will be down to a lack of preparation on the players or managements side and I also don't think it would be down to a lack of trying or fitness.If anything it will be of our own making whether it be a bit of slack defending or not taking our chances at the other end.For now im sure most would agree things are definitely heading in the right direction.

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