RANGERS may have scored four excellent goals against Dundee this weekend but Mark Warburton took time to praise his defence for yet another clean sheet.

The Gers have now kept twenty-one clean sheets this season with eight coming in the last ten games which has been so crucial to the recent run of form for the Light Blues.

Speaking after Saturday’s 4-0 Scottish Cup quarter final win over Dundee, Gers boss Warburton paid tribute to his back five for being the rock solid base from which the team can build from.

He said: “A lot is maybe said about our attacking play, but that is now seven clean sheets in nine games, so all credit to our back five and to Wes Foderingham for maintaining his concentration – he was there when called upon.

“The centre halves were strong and compact and the full backs were great going forward too.”

Spurs loan player Dominic Ball returned to the starting eleven for the first time in a few weeks, playing in midfield and Warburton was pleased with the maturity that the youngster showed against Premiership opposition.

He continued: “Dominic was outstanding today and he understands that the danger for us is that if we play both him and Andy Halliday, then we can be a little bit more defensive.

“However he was great today and gave us a real solidity about the team. He used the ball wisely and his positioning for a young player was very mature.

“I was delighted with his performance.”

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