MANAGER Mark Warburton has refuted any suggestion of making the wrong substitutions in last night’s 3-2 loss at Falkirk.

2-0 to the good and seemingly cruising, Warburton replaced his front three players with men from the bench in what he claimed was a move to try and re-energise his team.

The Bairns hit back however, scoring three without reply late-on as Rangers failed to test Danny Rodgers in the home goal on a regular basis.

And Warburton told “Barrie [McKay] and Kenny [Miller] have worked so hard of late, and we weren’t putting on 16 and 17 year-old boys – we were putting on experienced players.

“The bench was a high quality bench, and we wanted to add that energy and maintain a tempo to it, so I have no problem with the substitutions.”

Warburton also called on his side to be more clinical after passing up a number of opportunities to put the game to bed.

He continued: “In the second half we weren’t good, but I don’t know how many corners we had in the second half, and how many chances we had, so we need to look at it and take the rewards when they are there.

“Someone said to me about negative substitutions we out on Michael O’Halloran, Nicky Clark and Harry Forrester – I’m not sure how much more positive we can be.

“We looked to give key players a rest and add the energy and tempo. We looked at that and thought if it was the right thing to do – and I think it was.”



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