Rangers, Mark Warburton

Warburton excited for Old Firm derby games

Rangers boss Mark Warburton says he’s looking forward to the return of Old Firm derbies and testing themselves against Celtic next season if they achieve promotion.

There has just been one Old Firm derby since Rangers were forced to start again in the bottom tier of Scottish football after financial meltdown at Ibrox, which Celtic won 2-0 in the League Cup semi-final in 2015.

The Light Blues are on course to win the Scottish Championship and seal promotion to the top tier and Warburton is already thinking about next season.

“I think any football fan will recognise it as one of the biggest derbies in world football,” Warburton told Sky Sports News.

“It’s fantastic for the fans and for the players to experience a game of that nature and it has to be our target. Four Old Firm games would be tremendous for the city.”

Meanwhile, Warburton also believes the SPFL development league is stunting youngsters progression. The Rangers boss was critical of the league and it’s purpose and he says he would welcome discussions about a solution to the problem.

“Absolutely. It’s all about talking and communicating to them. There’s nothing derogatory in the article. It was just about how best we challenge our younger players,” he said.

“It is an intense business and a tough business to make it to the top in professional football so it is about how we can give them the best opportunity and it’s as simple as that.”

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