Rangers manager Mark Warburton confident his players are ready for title challenge

Rangers James Tavernier scores his sides third goal of the game during the Scottish Communities League Cup match at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday August 2, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Rangers James Tavernier scores his sides third goal of the game during the Scottish Communities League Cup match at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday August 2, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

Rangers boss Mark Warburton believes his side are perfectly prepared for their upcoming promotion bid.

The Englishman was in the Ibrox dugout for the first time in a competitive setting on Sunday as his side claimed a 3-0 Scottish League Cup success over Peterhead.

The former Brentford manager used the clash with Jim McInally’s side as well as last week’s 6-2 Petrofac Training Cup romp over Hibernian to do some fine tuning ahead of Friday’s Ladbrokes Championship opener with St Mirren.

And after netting nine goals in his first two matches in charge, the signs are good for Warburton as he looks to finally lead Gers back to the top-flight.

Rangers continue to be linked with a move for Hibs’ playmaker Scott Allan while former Derby battler John Eustace is closing in on a contract.

But even if Warburton does not make any further additions, the Gers boss is confident his side are in good shape ahead of their league campaign.

“I was really pleased with our attitude and the way we kept moving the ball – the quality of play was good in patches, and the players are really embracing what we want to do and how we want to play,” he said.

“It could have been more, and the team have absolutely done their job, but Peterhead sat in and made it very difficult so we had to be patient.

“Our work ethic was tremendous. We must ensure the supporters enjoy their football and how the team play.”

It would not have been Warburton, however, if he did not add a footnote to his praise.

“If there is a criticism then it is that we weren’t clinical enough in front of goal,” he added.

“It is important that we get the just rewards for the work we are doing. We should have been more clinical and should have been rewarded more – but we’ll work on that and hopefully improve in the weeks ahead.”

The Ibrox boss was full of praise once again for substitute Kenny Miller.

“He has undoubted quality, and he is a hungry footballer who wants to play,” Warburton added.

“He will have a big role to play this season, so I’m delighted with his contribution against Burnley, against Hibernian and again today, scoring goals and making a difference It’s important for us that we utilise his qualities.”

Warburton enthused over the performance of other forwards who all played their part.

“Martyn Waghorn didn’t score – but he had a tremendous game all over the park, as did David Templeton and Barrie McKay.

“It’s difficult when you ask wingers to take players on and take risks in the final third as it can be frustrating at times - but they never stopped looking for the ball or stopped being positive. It’s important that we have players who can be flexible.”