MARK WARBURTON believes his side finally got the rewards their hard work deserved with three Premiership points secured against a stubborn Dundee.
For 90 minutes Rangers controlled this one-sided contest but they were guilty of squandering a number of goalscoring opportunities until injury time when that all changed.
Joe Dodoo’s accurate cross from the left was glanced in brilliantly by Harry Forrester and Ibrox went wild as the playmaker celebrated with his teammates in front of the Copland Road Stand.
The 1-0 scoreline at the final whistle doesn’t tell the true story of a game Rangers totally dominated from start to finish, and Warburton was delighted his players were able to return from the international break and record a morale-boosting victory.
Speaking to RangersTV post-match, the manager said: “They left it late but I thought we were good for long periods.
“We dominated the ball possession-wise, which doesn’t mean a great deal without the end product so to speak, but first half we were good, we moved it sharply around their box and didn’t get the rewards.
“A little dip five or 10 minutes after half time but again they stuck to the task, they sensed the frustration [in the stands] but what they have to do is believe in what they do.
They are an honest group of players and they more than got their rewards today. It was a thoroughly deserved victory.
“They are a good team Dundee, they are very well organised, very well managed and they were hard to break down.
“It’s tough to break down nine or 10 men behind the ball but we worked them really hard.
“Every time we kept moving it and I think sometimes you can look at the opposing team, they were giving the ball away second half because they were so tired, because we had worked them and we had moved the ball quickly.
“The reward came late but we had so many chances. You can say about being more clinical but it’s a good three points and a well-deserved three points.”
Speaking to RangersTV after today’s game and Forrester’s terrific last-gasp winner, Andy Halliday said it was nice to get a wee bit of good luck for the first time in a while, and Warburton agreed with his midfielder.
The gaffer added: “It was a good goal and Clint Hill said exactly the same walking off the pitch.
“Maybe in recent weeks we haven’t had the luck some of the performances deserved, but that was really pleasing.
“They are a great group, the unity within the group is so strong, and their desire to take the club forward is evident I hope for everyone to see.
“So delighted for the players to get the rewards, they’ve worked hard all week and now we’ll do the same again.
“We’ll work hard now for next week, another tough challenge but we look forward to it.”