Warburton gives emphatic verdict on fitness of senior trio ahead of Inverness clash
By Will Butcher
Mark Warburton has revealed that Rangers trio Matt Crooks, Josh Windass and Matt Gilks are all available for Friday’s clash against Inverness.
Midfielders Windass and Crooks have both struggled with injuries early on in their Gers careers, while former Blackpool stopper Gilks is still fighting to surpass number one goalkeeper Wes Foderingham.
Speaking ahead of Friday night’s clash against Inverness, Warburton was quoted by Rangers’ official Twitter account as saying that all three were available for Friday’s Scottish Premiership encounter.
MW: Josh Windass is fit and well, Matt Crooks played 90 mins for the 20s this week as did Matt Gilks to keep him ticking over.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) October 12, 2016
With the Old Firm clash against rivals Celtic next on the agenda after Inverness, Warburton could use the game on Friday to try out a few fringe players.
Crooks has made just one appearance after overcoming a long-term ankle injury, while Windass has failed to feature in almost a month. Gilks has also found opportunities few and far between, with just four cup appearances coming his way.
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The former Brentford boss will be looking to pick a side that has the best chance of avoiding another 5-1 defeat to Brendan Rodgers’ side, with Windass and Crooks both being in with a shout of featuring as Joey Barton continues to serve his suspension from the club.
An empahtic win on Friday night at the Caledonian Stadium could see Warburton’s side move up to second, before the rest of the Scottish Premiership sides take to the field over the weekend.
In other Rangers team news, Jordan Rossiter could be set to feature against Celtic after Warburton dropped a first-team bombshell.