IT WAS another show of character by Rangers as they squeezed through to the Petrofac Cup Semi-Final – according to their manager.

And Mark Waburton hopes the Light Blues’ fans recognised the fight his side had to show to break down a Livingston side that set up to frustrate Gers free flowing football.

Nicky Clark grabbed the only goal of the game with 15 minutes left to play and though it wasn’t pretty it was another win on the board for Warburton’s men.

He said: “We kept at the task, they were tough to break down and we had to be patient and we kept moving the football and got in good areas.

“We were not quite as clinical as we needed to be at times but we got the result and we’re into the semi-final.

“I hope the fans saw the character because it was a show in spirit for everyone, not just the players but the fans as well.

“You heard the fans reaction and the supporters were really strong tonight but we have to stick with the game plan and the more we can learn to break teams down the better we will be.”

Clark’s goal was his second of the season; it’s a campaign he has found hard to make an impact in due to the unrivalled form of Martyn Waghorn – the forward has 15 goals in 15 games.

But the manager insists that 24-year-old Clark has never slipped from his mind and his goal was a timely reminder of the quality he has within his ranks.

Warburton continued: “Nicky has never been out of my thoughts – the fact is that when you have someone like Martyn Waghorn on 15 and Kenny Miller comes in and scores goals, starting and as a sub, it is tough for people like Nicky.

“I have no doubts about his quality and I have no fear in using any members of the squad, it is a lean, tight squad but you have to have faith.

“There is no doubt amongst David and all the coaching staff that whoever we pick will provide brilliant quality.”

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