MARK Warburton lauded his side’s positive approach to their 2-0 win over Motherwell which started Gers League Cup campaign with victory.

It was just the second time the Rangers squad had played a match since returning to pre-season training and the manager admits that accounted for Gers lax start to the game.

Motherwell could have scored a number of times inside the opening 20 minutes but Rangers turned the screw and Warburton says the end result flattered The Steelmen.

The manager told Rangers TV: “It was a really pleasing afternoon’s work by the players and I thought their energy levels were superb.

“The first 10-15 minutes we really looked like a team in our first competitive game, we were sloppy in our one v ones and gave the ball away cheaply.

“After that I think we just dominated the football, created chance after chance and especially in the second-half we should have been out of sight. I am really pleased with many aspects of the afternoon.

“Most of the boys had played 45 minutes against Charleston Battery in 85-90 degree heat, this game has come too early but they recognised what had to be done and responded positively.

“They got on the football, they were brave and you could see that they were working Motherwell very hard and when they shifted the ball and moved them side to side I thought we looked good.

“We got the goal from Tav, a very good finish again and then there were a couple of strange decisions shall we say that didn’t go our way.

“But in truth it was a really good afternoon. 2-0 flatters the opposition, it should have been more.”

Whilst Warburton walked away from the game pleased with his team’s display he was bemused by two handball decisions in close succession.

Steven McLean waved away protests when goalkeeper Craig Samson clearly palmed a Martyn Waghorn strike well outside the area and then Ben Heneghan blocked a Barrie McKay shot with his arm.

Davie Weir and Mark McGhee also had words over a challenge involving goalscorer James Tavernier.

Warburton said:

“You have to look at it and all any referee or official will say to you is that what I thought it was but you have to look at that last one and everyone was bemused by that.

“Tav’s wasn’t a tackle, he went in for it and the ball caught his hand and they thought it was handball, it wasn’t a bad tackle because he won the ball.

“Over the course of 90 minutes there were some decisions and a lot didn’t go our way but the result was good and we were positive in our performance.”

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