Dean Shiels back in Rangers squad to face Raith

Rangers' Dean Shiels
Rangers' Dean Shiels

Dean Shiels will return to the Rangers squad at Stark’s Park on Saturday as the Light Blues travel to the Kingdom of Fife where they will face Raith

The Northern Ireland international was outstanding when introduced to the action as a 63rd minute substitute against St. Mirren last week, having a hand in all three of Rangers’ second-half goals.

A stiff neck in training precluded him from featuring in Tuesday’s 4-0 home win over Dumbarton when he was poised to start for Mark Warburton’s side.

Meanwhile, at the end of a week when manager Warburton could scarcely have made it any clearer that he is at Ibrox for the longterm – rebuffing any potential approaches from Fulham and Queens Park Rangers in the process – the Ibrox boss reflected on the win over Dumbarton.

“We talk about standards and about being consistent in what we do and keeping a level of quality. In the first half on Tuesday, we didn’t show the level of quality we aim for,” he said.

“Last Saturday against St Mirren in the first-half I thought we were really good, and it could have been four or five.

“On Tuesday, however, we were sloppy, our decision-making was poor and all-round it was below what we want and demand. So it wasn’t just me having a rant in the dressing room against Dumbarton. I had a few words, but the players knew themselves.

“If they can recognise a problem and offer a solution then we’ll be in a good place, and you saw their reaction on Tuesday – from the first whistle in the second-half they were first-class.”