MARK Warburton heralded his side’s “dynamic” performance against Kilmarnock which sent the Gers second in the Premiership table.
First-half goals from Lee Wallace and Andy Halliday, from the penalty spot, were added to by Joe Garner in the second half and the manager said it was the display the Light Blues had been looking for.
Warburton said it was his players themselves who demanded a higher level of performance to their mid-week draw and he believes they delivered on that.
He said: “I was pleased with a really good first half performance and we knew the lead would galvanise them at half-time so we came out and got the early goal and controlled it.
We played some really good football from there so it’s a really good afternoon’s work.
“We looked a lot more positive, there was better decision making, we played it forward well, we weren’t negative at all, we had options for a man on the ball and we got the rewards.
“There were some good goals and we missed a host of chances so it was a really dynamic performance.
“It’s not about me asking or David asking the team for anything it’s about us asking as a group and doing it together.
“The players have been outstanding this season and haven’t got the rewards but today we got the rewards and it leaves us second.
“The team have two well-earned days off now, three games in six days is a big demand and the entire squad have been outstanding.
“They’ll get a good rest now; we’ll come back and work really hard next week before a tough trip to Ross County.”
It was a shut out for Rangers at the back as Clint Hill and Rob Kiernan kept the Killie front line at bay.
Meanwhile full-back Wallace was showing his class at the other end of the pitch after latching onto a superb through ball from Josh Windass to open the scoring inside 15 minutes.
Speaking about his captain Warburton said:
“There are no doubts about Lee, people sound surprised but you saw his finish this afternoon and you saw his quality.
“The bravery he shows to get on the ball is first class, as is the bravery to get forward and the timing of his runs is impeccable at times.
“I think this season he individual hasn’t got the rewards for some of his performances but today was very strong.
“I’m really pleased with the clean sheet, they are always important and our defenders have worked hard, the only goal the other night hurt them on Wednesday.
“It was a good performance from the defenders, the defenders were good on their blocks, their tackles and they won first headers and picked up second balls.
“The full-backs were dynamic getting forward but they were good defensively too and had cover as well.”