MARK Warburton has praised Matt Gilks for his brilliant performance against the Gers Old Firm rivals.

The stopper kept Celtic at bay for 87 minutes with a string of superb saves after taking the starting jersey from Wes Foderingham.

Gilks had played all the knock-out rounds of the League Cup and he proved his manager’s decision to keep his faith in him was the right one.

Speaking to RangersTV, Warburton said: “Matt Gilks did very well and we asked him to be brave on the ball and he was being asked to be brave on the ball.

“He was asked to fill in for Wes Foderingham and he has been first class and has a tremendous CV so there were no doubts to throw him in.

“He showed his qualities today and I was delighted for him.”

Warburton has urged his side to look ahead now and marked the Light Blues next two league games as significant to the campaign.

St Johnstone and Kilmarnock travel to Ibrox within four days of each other this week – both teams who are coming into form.

The Gers boss continued:

“We can’t afford to keep looking back at this game now, it’s a natural reaction to sit there with your head between your knees but we have to clear our heads tonight.

“We have to clear it quickly and look forward because it is about getting better every single week in the league.

“I think we have done that, we have a very good result at Inverness and what we have to do now is take the positives out of today – the energy, the dynamism and the quality.

“We have to take that into Wednesday against a very good St Johnstone side.

“We have two home games in a row now and if we can get the results and deliver the performances then the league table will change.”

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