MARK WARBURTON was delighted with the hunger and desire his side showed as they fought from being a goal down to record a crucial Championship victory over Morton.
Despite a sickness bug ending Harry Forrester’s game at half time and man of the match Kenny Miller taken off late in the game with a tight hamstring, the Light Blues managed to claim three points on their home turf against Jim Duffy’s well-organised side.
Denny Johnstone opened the scoring for the visitors after just 22 minutes but Miller was in fine form for the Light Blues, and after he had scored in the 43rd and 48th minutes with two excellent finishes, Lee Wallace put icing on the cake with a cracking third goal before the hour mark.
The result puts Rangers 15 points clear at the top of the table until Falkirk face Dumbarton tomorrow, but Warburton was thrilled with his players’ fighting spirit this evening.
He said: “It’s an important stage of the season and obviously three points is key to us, but it was a test.
“We dominated possession the first 15 minutes, I thought we were very good, and then we got a little bit sloppy. Wes had one shot and we find ourselves 1-0 down.
“So we had a problem then, but I thought the quality of the goals was outstanding. Kenny’s first goal was tremendous and then we came out after half time and knew what we had to do.
“We got the goal, another great finish and the third goal as well.
“So a really pleasing all-round performance and we recognise what we did well and what we need to do better. But it’s another game gone and another three points.”
Forrester appeared to be struggling with his stomach throughout the first half and the manager revealed the problem when he spoke to RangersTV after the final whistle.
He said: “There’s a bit of a sickness bug there, a couple of the boys felt a little bit ropey.
“Harry hoped he could play through it and it was obviously bothering him as you saw.
“He was rough but we’ll look after him and the doctor is on the case for those guys and a couple more felt it.
“So hopefully we can shake it off and look forward now to next weekend.”