MANAGER Mark Warburton admitted a vocal half-time performance from himself was needed against Dumbarton after a poor first-half from his team.

The teams went in goalless at the break and Warburton said the first 45 minutes simply weren’t good enough.

Rangers fired in four goals in a rip roaring second-half, Jason Holt opened the scoring within two minutes of the restart, to send Gers three points ahead of Hibs at the top of the Championship.

Warburton said:

“It’s nice to be three points clear again; the first-half wasn’t good enough and we had words at half-time as a group and in the second-half I thought we were excellent.

“We created a lot of chances and got the four goals and in truth it could have possibly been more.

“As a group we were disappointed, it’s not about me or David or any individual player, it is about the group and demanding the right standards.

“First-half we were lose, slopping in possession and we didn’t get to the ball quick enough and although we had 70% plus possession of the ball we didn’t really hurt them.

“The second-half was, to use a term from Jason Holt, night and day! That is the standard we have to set day in and day out.

“We demanded that we started hard and fast and we did and we have to be relentless in what we do.

“All over the park we showed good quality and desire and tenacious performances.

“I thought the two centre-halves were magnificent tonight, they stepped in and won the ball first and got first contact, they used it really well so well done to them.

“It is a very pleasing result, we are three points clear and the focus now is Saturday.

“You saw tonight with nine men behind the ball and Raith will be a tough test, there is no doubt they are a good quality team and we had to be very good on the day to beat them in September.”

Holt turned in his fifth goal in eight games as he began Rangers second-half canter to victory.

Meanwhile Nathan Oduwa grabbed his first Gers goal, his first in 17 appearances in a blue jersey.

And the manager revealed Martyn Waghorn was not especially pleased to be sitting on the bench, one shy of 20 goals for the season, when Lee Wallace won Gers a penalty.

He smiled: “Martyn was devastated to be taken off and miss that penalty, which Andy Halliday snapped up but he has done so well.

“I assure you that he wouldn’t have words with me about taking him off but when the penalty was given you saw the look on his face!

“It’s a great return from Jason, there is no doubt about his technical ability and any player coming to Rangers you always ask the question “Can they deal with the expectation? Can they deal with 45-50,000 at Ibrox in the important games?”

“Jason has shown time and time again that he has the strength of character, the quality, the work ethic and the commitment – all the qualities you need to perform at the highest level he has in abundance.

“Nathan is a young player, he may be 6’2 but you have to remember he is 19 and they have to learn.

“They have to learn to deal with success, disappointment and it is all part of your development as a player and your character building.

“He came on and scored the goal so I am pleased for him, he has a lot of work to do but everyone in that team has to earn the shirt and if he does that then we will have a very good player on our hands.

“Jordan Thompson came on too and I really rate Jordan – don’t forget he is 18.

“He was great on the ball today, he showed no fear in possession, he used it wisely, he is a good athlete too and he has a very bright future ahead of him.”

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