Player Reaction Heartens Gaffer

HE may not seem the type to lose his cool, but Rangers’ players felt the full force of Mark Warburton’s wrath at half-time on Tuesday as they were being held 0-0 by Dumbarton.

The manager was less than happy with his side’s showing, although he admits he was heartened to the squad’s reaction to their efforts, and he was delighted with the turnaround in their performance after the interval.

Warburton said: “We talk about standards, and we talk about being consistent in what we do and keeping a level of quality.

“In the first half on Tuesday, we didn’t show it. On Saturday [against St Mirren] in the first half I thought we were really good, and it could have been four or five.

“But on Tuesday we were sloppy, our decision making was poor and all-round, it was below what we want and demand from a set of players. So it wasn’t just me having a rant – yes, I had a few words, as did David, but the players knew themselves.

“That was the most important thing – if they can recognise a problem and offer a solution, then we’ll be in a good place, and you saw their reaction – from the first whistle in the second half they were first class.”

Warburton’s boys now make the trip east to take on Raith Rovers tomorrow, and despite a highly impressive 5-0 win over the Fifers first time around, the manager still expects a difficult afternoon.

He continued: “They have had a fantastic start to their season in terms of their home record, and we are very aware of that.

“We had a really good performance at home where we were dominant for the 90 minutes and displayed lots of quality.

“But there is no doubt it will be a tough test.”