Mark Warburton has given a clear indication that Ryan Manning will start the season as QPR’s first-choice left-back.
Summer signing Lee Wallace, who played under R’s boss Warburton at Glasgow Rangers, is close to recovering from a hip problem.
But Manning has impressed Warburton while filling in for the Scot and appears to have earned himself a run in the side regardless of whether Wallace is soon available.
Manning did well after being switched from midfield to left-back towards the end of last season and now has the chance to make the position his own under the new manager.
“Ryan Manning has done really well. He’s grabbed his opportunity and done really well with it,” Warburton said.
“No-one’s got a divine right to wear the shirt. Lee would be the first to tell you that and Ryan’s put up a really strong fight for the shirt.”
Meanwhile, Warburton is hoping to sign Scott McKenna from Aberdeen, who have rejected an offer for the Scotland defender.