FRUSTRATION was Mark Warburton’s overriding emotion this afternoon after he saw his side dominate Premiership Kilmarnock but fail to make the breakthrough as the two sides played out a 0-0 draw.

The Light Blues created numerous chances, particularly in the second half against the Ayrshiremen, but time and again they were spurned meaning both clubs will do battle again next Tuesday at Rugby Park.

Warburton told “It was frustrating not to get the rewards our possession deserved. We were dominant, controlled the football, created chance after chance, although we were a little bit lacking in the final third.

“I thought we showed how good we can be today, and against a very good team, we dominated.

“Their keeper made a couple of good saves, we made a couple of errors in the final third and there were some big chances we didn’t convert.

“If you look at the second half, we came out, wanted to maintain and raise the tempo, dominate the football and create some chances, and I thought we were very good in the second half, but we perhaps just didn’t get the final reward.”

One positive from the afternoon was the performance of the defence as they claimed their fourth clean-sheet in succession, and Warburton was full of praise for them, while also revealing he expects no issue with Rob Kiernan after he limped off in the second half.

Warburton continued:

“Lee has come here with a good Kilmarnock team, but I thought our two centre-halves were strong and dominant, Dom Ball [in holding midfield] was excellent, and the full-backs maintained a good shape.

“For Rob, it was just some tight calves, but it will be sorted out no problem.”

Rangers will now make the short trip down the M77 next week for the replay, a game Warburton is more than happy to play and a game he is confident his side will perform well in once again.

The manager concluded: “Replays are part and parcel of the football season. We didn’t get the job done today but hopefully we can prepare well, turn in a good performance at Alloa in-between, and we are looking forward to it.

“We knew Lee would have been very keen coming back to Ibrox having had a fantastic career, but I think we have done more than enough today to show we have all the quality we need.”


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