MARK WARBURTON reckons the total commitment of every single player in the Scottish Premiership is a standout feature of the league.
In an interview with RangersTV.tv this week, the Ibrox boss looked ahead to Saturday’s Glasgow derby with Partick Thistle at Firhill and expects his side to be given a through test against Alan Archibald’s side.
He explained: “There are no easy games, and I’ve said to many people down South who I’ve talked to about the game, the club and the league etc., and every single player that you face gives 100 per-cent commitment.
“I’ve said before that in the Championship you knew one or two players might be off, and that was our chance to exploit , but here, rest-assured that every single player gives everything they have got. You can’t ignore it, you can’t take it too lightly – you absolutely have to respect it.
“So there is no doubt Partick will give everything as all the teams do – they have quality and they are very well-managed, so we know the challenge we face yet again.”
Last weekend saw Gers pick up all three points at home to Dundee, but prior to that, two points were spilled on the road at Ross County.
Warburton is keen to see his side build consistency, and he added: “We have had some good performances – Saturday, Kilmarnock at home and the away victory at Inverness, and we have had some frustrations – the likes of Ross County, St Johnstone in the second half etc.
“So we are after that consistency – it’s a big word, but as I say the demands are on young shoulders, and if you look at the squad and the young players, they are learning what it means to play for Rangers, and learning how to deal with that expectation and demand, and that frustration and it is a big part of their all-round football education.
“It’s a far bigger discussion, and it’s one I’m sure we’ll touch upon in the days and weeks ahead. But, the history of Rangers and their supporters – what they have been brought up on is domestic success and European trophies.
“It’s one the players have to recognise and it’s a real responsibility – a real responsibility to the club and to the supporters who follow in such big numbers home and away. I’m not saying it’s a big cross to bear, it is what it is, and you have to learn to deal with it and you have to learn to thrive off it and relish it as it’s a big responsibility.
“But where would you rather be playing? In front of 50,000 at Ibrox or 5 or 10,000 somewhere else? It’s a magnificent football stadium, the club and their tradition is outstanding and the support we get home and away is outstanding. We have to relish that responsibility, and as I say, we have a lot of young players and it’s a weight on their shoulders early-on, but once they really understand the club we will be in a good place.”