MARK Warburton says Rangers dominant display over Linfield allowed them to get back to basics ahead of next weekend’s Old Firm.
The Gers 7-0 win saw four goals courtesy of Kenny Miller while Rob Kiernan and Joe Garner grabbed their first Light Blues’ goals and Niko Kranjcar scored a screamer.
There were stand out performances from the returning Josh Windass and Michael O’Halloran, who ran riot after coming on in the ninth minute – adding to the manager’s selection dilemma ahead of Celtic.
Warburton said: “It was a very worthwhile exercise for us and this is what we wanted to come over for.
“Don’t misunderstand the score line because they are the type of teams you have to play in European games, the first rounds for example.
“We moved the ball quickly did the basics well and it was a good showing today.
“We spoke about doing the basics well, taking limited touches, being positive in our decision making and getting the end rewards.
“There was some good football; you saw Joe Garner’s goal which went from Tav to Joey to Niko to Michael to cross and that is what we talk about, simple, early and quick in the passing.
“We have some tough decisions ahead of next weekend now and we have to have them.
“The squad always know it is about the squad and it has to be that way, it is a long season and there are four Old Firm games so there are a lot of games to look forward to and tough ones coming up.
“Don’t forget it is the same three points, it’s an important game but you don’t get five points or six points on Saturday so it’s important we focus on one game at a time.”
Garner’s goal came late into the second-half but he had been brought off early in the game due to a head injury.
The striker returned to net and it more than alleviated fears that he may have been missing for next weekend’s showpiece fixture.
The manager continued:
“Joe is fine, he got a nasty knock from the corner and that was the only disruption to our plans but the medical team did really well and the doctor was great.
“He had stiches put in and you saw how fearless he was in the second-half, heading balls and attacking corners.
“I am pleased for him and pleased he got his first goal. He will be fine for next weekend; he wouldn’t have come back on today if there were any doubts.”