MARK WARBURTON was satisfied with the “professional performance” his side turned in against in the 3-0 win over East Stirlingshire this evening.
Goals from Andy Halliday, Josh Windass and debutant Joe Dodoo sealed a very comfortable victory for the Light Blues as they made it three wins from three in Betfred Cup group stage.
Speaking after the game, Warburton said: “I was pleased again with the application of the players. This is a difficult place to come and the pitch was dry and sticky as you saw, and we were up against a very willing opponent.
“It was a very professional job I thought, and we kept trying to do the right thing. We scored some good goals, although we could have tested the keeper a little more in the second half.
“The game was flat after an hour as the job was done, but all credit to the players, and I am pleased overall with the 90 minutes.
“We dominated possession from start to finish, when we lost it we worked hard to get it back quickly and high up the field, and then we looked to use it wisely and tried to maintain our shape – our defensive shape – so credit to Danny [Wilson] and Clint [Hill], both full-backs and Matt [Gilks] – he never had a save to make in the 90 minutes but his concentration levels were very high and the communication was excellent.
“So again, all over the park, a very professional performance.”
The real highlight of the night came in the first minute of injury time as Dodoo claimed his first goal in the blue of Rangers, tapping home a Lee Wallace cross.
It was a great moment for the 21 year-old, and Warburton was pleased with the showing his new man turned in.
He continued: “I hope the fans saw his pace, his willingness to come short and to show a very composed touch. He didn’t mind a mistake – if he miscontrolled one it didn’t bother him – and he got his reward.
“To have him do that, have Waggy still on the bench and for Kenny to work and display the tireless professionalism he always displays was great to see.”
Dodoo’s appearance and impact as a substitute again highlighted the new strength Warburton has right through his squad, and he again stressed the importance of a more competitive pool of players this season.
He concluded: “Tonight, we didn’t have James Tavernier, Jason Holt or Joey Barton. It’s nice to have that strength in depth and for us to be able to turn round and have the options we need.
“We need that season, so we are delighted with that.”