RANGERS boss Mark Warburton has insisted there are no long-term fears over Josh Windass’ fitness, despite the midfielder sustaining another muscle injury.
The player has suffered a series of hamstring strains since his summer switch from Accrington Stanley, but could return to action against Hearts at Ibrox on Saturday.
Jordan Rossiter, who arrived from Liverpool in June, is also nearing full fitness after several weeks on the sidelines.
Warburton said: “We hope Josh will come back this week, but again you have to look after young players and look at the bigger picture.
“We talk about the demands we place on young players coming to Rangers and that is everything, the expectation of the crowd, playing in front of 50,000 and dealing with a more intense training regime.
“Their body is adapting to the demands of that and Josh is a young player with a very bright future ahead of him, but we have to look after him.
“I hope we are getting closer with Jordan, too, and, fingers crossed, I hope he will be available for selection soon.
“Hopefully, these players will adapt, Josh and Jordan are young guys and it is still very early in their Rangers careers and we hope they both have very long and fruitful careers ahead of them.”
The Ibrox men, of course, will be without veteran central defender Clint Hill who was sent off in the 2-1 win over Aberdeen in Glasgow at the weekend.
Danny Wilson and Phillipe Senderos are standing by to partner Rob Kiernan in central defence against the Tynecastle side.