MARK WARBURTON last night paid tribute to his back four and goalkeeper for Rangers’ second clean sheet in succession.

The Light Blues kept high-flying and high-scoring Queen of the South at bay in the 5-0 Betfred Cup quarter-final victory, and Warburton was delighted with the contribution all five men made to the success.

He explained to RangersTV.tv: “The team worked hard, but mention again to the back four. Lee and Tav as full-backs, but I thought Clint and Danny won every header.

“Danny showed great discipline in terms of picking up the early yellow card and Clint Hill I felt was outstanding in terms of winning every ball, keeping it simple – and I mean that in the nicest possible way – and finding the blue shirts.

“I’m delighted for that, and for Matt Gilks to come in and maintain concentration, distribute the ball bravely was great, so all-round, it was really pleasing. We got some momentum, and it’s about hard work.

“We said after the defeat at Parkhead the only way to get better is to work hard, and the players have done that, so all credit to them.”

Warburton on his players now have a Hampden semi-final to look forward to, but before then, three league matches will take place starting with a tantalising trip to Pittodrie to face Aberdeen on Sunday.

He added: “It has to be one game at a time, but you always look forward to Hampden and to a semi-final. Players at the end of their career want to look back on the medals they have won.

“We know how tough Sunday will be, we know the quality they possess and we know how well-managed they will be by Derek [McInnes].

“But we go there relishing the challenge and looking forward to it.”

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