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17th Jul, 2016 | 8:26pm

Warburton unhappy with Rangers win as key new duo forced to miss out

By Alex Taylor

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has slammed the new format of the Scottish League Cup – as it didn’t allow chances for his new signings.

The Ibrox manager has criticised the new rules and format of the tournament despite his side’s 2-0 win against Motherwell.

Under the new format of the competition, substitutions are limited as eight groups of five teams play each other once in a round robin format during July, with games going straight to a penalty shootout in the event of a draw.

The 52 year-old manager believes the stresses placed on his players is too great for a preseason cup and would prefer more relaxed rules, in line with normal pre-season friendlies.

He told the Daily Mail: “’The difference is you can make eight or nine subs. I would rather have made more subs, got Clint Hill on, got Lee Hodson on, got various players on.

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“If you have that pre-season friendly it gives you flexibility to make changes, because the boys aren’t ready for 90 minutes.”

Warburton has heavily strengthened his squad after winning promotion to the Scottish Premier League by bringing in Matt Gilks, Clint Hill, Joey Barton, Jordan Rossiter, Lee Hodson and Niko Kranjcar.

In other Rangers news, Former Celtic winger David Provan has said Rangers won’t win the title if Celtic buy well this summer.