By Tom Blackburn

Mark Warburton expects both Martyn Waghorn and Philippe Senderos to play in next weekend’s Old Firm derby.

Rangers have a friendly against Linfield this weekend while players are on international duty, and Warburton hopes Senderos can use it to build match fitness.

“Senderos will be involved [against Linfield] in some capacity,” he told Scottish broadcaster STV. “He hasn’t played since June, but he has showed up really well in training.

“He’s a top class professional, he’s only 31, the level he’s played at… so he’ll bring experience and game knowledge. If we can get him match fit he’ll be a good addition for us.

“Martyn is travelling and he’ll play in some capacity as well, as is Josh Windass, so we’d like to welcome him back as well.

“They’re looking forward to [the Old Firm match]. It’s about the squad, every team has injuries and niggles and knocks.”

Senderos only arrived at the club this week after a summer as a free agent, but the centre-back has plenty of experience at the top level.

The Switzerland international, who joined Arsenal in his teens, spent most of his career in the Premier League, and also had spells at Everton, Aston Villa and Fulham.

Waghorn will be return for the game from injury, having been forced from the field with a hamstring injury in their Scottish Premiership opener against Hamilton at Ibrox, having scored the equaliser for Warburton’s side in a 1-1 draw.

The 26-year-old started the 2016-17 campaign on fire, with five goals in Rangers’ opening four matches, including four in three League Cup matches.

In other Rangers team news, their goal machine has been eyed as a replacment for an Aston Villa-bound striker.