MARK WARBURTON tonight paid tribute to the Rangers support for creating a deafening atmosphere inside Ibrox as Rangers defeated Hibernian 4-2.

From the first minute to the last, the famous old stadium rocked seldom like it had in many a year, and Warburton’s boys responded with a quite fabulous performance to sweep aside Hibernian and open up a three point gap at the top of the Championship.

The manager beamed: “I’ve got to thank the fans. I know there was a big build-up to the game – and understandably so – but we kept quiet as a club this week, and did the right thing.

“But to get that level of support from the first whistle was magnificent. It’s about players learning from that – it’s fantastic to enjoy it as a football supporter – but the players now have to learn from that atmosphere and they have to crave that every week.

“Every time we play at Ibrox, we want that and more and we only do that but we only do that by delivering performances and winning trophies and taking the club forward.

“That’s the responsibility of the football department – but the fans were outstanding today.”

Many in the media have begun to question both Warburton and Rangers after a disappointing run of late, and the manager was delighted to quieten a few of the doubters.

He added: “We haven’t got the rewards that our performances have deserved. But to come back today from the first whistle and play like that was excellent.

“Their goal was against the run of play but it was a great response and to go in at half-time 2-1 up left the players very encouraged although they knew it was a job only half done.”

From 50,000 at Ibrox today, Rangers will now play in front of around 2,000 at Dumbarton on Saturday in what will be a dramatic change for the Light Blues.

Warburton believes his side are equipped to deal with whatever is thrown at them by the Sons however.

He continued: “It’s another tough challenge. Dumbarton have played very well of late, and it’s a tough, tough place to go, especially if the weather is poor, so we have to deal with that and prepare for that.

“We have a recovery day tomorrow and everything is now geared towards Dumbarton.”

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