MARK Warburton has revealed the Rangers dressing room was an angry place after this afternoon’s defeat to Hibernian, but that ire came from not winning a game that the Light Blues dominated.
After falling behind to a Jason Cummings goal early in the first half, the Light Blues were well on top in the game although they failed to ever really test Mark Oxley in the Hibernian goal until the second half where the Gers created chances aplenty but failed to put the game to bed after Lee Wallace had equalised within two minutes of the restart.
Their profligacy in front of goal was eventually punished by Paul Hanlon with 17 minutes left as he headed home a John McGinn corner to give his side the win.
Speaking after the game to RangersTV.tv, Warburton explained: “Nobody ever wants to lose a game of football, but the level of our performance was very strong. We got the goal we wanted after half time, and very respectfully, there was only one team in it. We created chance after chance after chance, and we have to be more clinical.
“They came out with a real desire, but the first 15 minutes of the game were a little bit tentative, and we didn’t step out to the ball as we have to and we do very well.
“After that, I felt the players were excellent. I haven’t seen the stats yet although I’d like to see the possession stats.
We will play a lot worse than that this season and get three points, and it’s an angry dressing room because the level of performance deserved more than that.”
That word ‘tentative’ was the key phrase at half time as Warburton looked to get more out of his players, and he was pleased with the response they showed after the restart.
He continued: “We didn’t really test their goalkeeper [in the first half]. Tentative was the word we used at half time – we went backwards and square a little bit too much, and it’s about decision making and taking care of the football, but at the same time, we have got to penetrate and hurt them and score goals.
“Getting the goal after half time was good for us, and from that moment on, we created a lot and I look forward to watching the game again from that perspective.”
“If you went to a tough opponent and a tough venue and delivered a sub-par performance in front of your supporters, you would quite rightly take criticism for that and deserve to get beaten.
“I thought we came here to a tough venue though, dominated, showed good quality on the ball, good desire and no lack of effort all over the park.
“We’ll learn from that, and as I say, if we get angry, and learn, we’ll be in good shape.”
There was a massive penalty claim for Rangers inside the opening minutes as Jason Holt went down under a challenge from Lewis Stevenson, and the Gers boss was aggrieved that his side weren’t given the decision.
He added: “I thought it was a nailed-on penalty. The cameras have said it was a penalty, everyone I’ve spoken to has said it was a penalty, but is it maybe too early in the game to give a good decision? I don’t know. But the fact of the matter is it looked clear to everyone else apart from the guys that matter.”