Rangers boss Mark Warburton expecting a cold front at Dunbarton

Mark Warbuton
Mark Warbuton

Rangers manager Mark Warburton knows not to expect a warm welcome at Dumbarton on Saturday.

The Ladbrokes Championship leaders take their 100 per cent record to the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium, where the pitch lies largely exposed to the elements between the Rock of Dumbarton and the Firth of Clyde, save for one stand.

Warburton said: “I went there in August to watch our Under-20s play and I turned round to see Walter Smith wearing a coat, and a scarf and gloves, in August, so I knew there was an issue. And it was cold by the way.

“But it’s another challenge for us. It’s a different type of ground. This is a good grass pitch, a big pitch which suits us, but it’s three exposed sides to the ground and we have to deal with the wind and the conditions on the day. It’s another challenge to us.

“They will be more used to it and we have to respond to it and if we don’t respond to it we will get hurt.”

Meanwhile, Warburton revealed that goalkeeper Cammy Bell was nearing a return after missing the start of the season with a knee problem, after sitting out much of last term following a shoulder injury.

“He has sometimes got a niggle which is bothering him, he is getting some specialist advice on Monday, but he is very close now,” Warburton said.

“He has been out working with Jim this morning, which is great to see and it will be nice to welcome Cammy back.”

Bell will have to fight to regain his place though from summer signing Wes Foderingham.

“Cammy knows how it works,” Warburton said. “Liam Kelly has trained really well and is on the bench every week. You have to fight to get your shirt back.

“Wes has been first class, Liam has been excellent as his deputy. Cammy knows what he has to do, I’m sure he expects that and relishes it.”