DESPITE Hearts having a new boss in charge for this weekend’s clash at Ibrox Mark Warburton thinks Rangers will encounter a very similar Jambos approach to last week.
The Edinburgh side announced Ian Cathro as their Head Coach on Monday but the Light Blues manager says if he were the former Newcastle United coach he wouldn’t change anything for his maiden game.
Hearts beat the Gers in the capital seven days ago in a controlling display and Warburton says his side will look for the solutions as to why they failed at Tynecastle.
Warburton said: “You have to think that they will play a very similar game, they were quite rightly successful at Tynecastle, what we have to do is find solutions.
“I don’t know much about Ian Cathro, I know he is highly thought of but no more than that.
“If you are there for a week, I imagine if I was Ian I would do very much the same as the previous week when they have won the game 2-0 at Tynecastle, you’d want to try and repeat that.
“If you looked at the stats of manager’s first games then people listen to what they want to listen to, if you took a 100 first games it wouldn’t be a vital stat. people take one or two games and use it as an example.
“Our job is to focus on Rangers and do what we do better, learn from last week, learn from Saturday as well and deliver a performance is what is a very important fixture.
“We are at home off the back of a good performance, we are second in the league and we want to reinforce that and send the crowd home happy again.
“We do that by being positive, getting on the football and doing everything we did on Saturday and hopefully adding some more quality balls in there as well.
“The fans will be crucial, our home record is very strong and very solid and a big part of that is down to the backing.
“The atmosphere on Saturday was outstanding, now our job, of course, is to earn that type of support and I hope the fans can see what we are trying to do.”
Warburton’s side go into Saturday’s game off the back of an important win over Aberdeen – a victory that the Gers boss says was inspired by criticism of their performance against Hearts.
Warburton said: “We had a bad day at Tynecastle, no doubt about that and questions were asked and the boys responded to that and did magnificently well.
“The effort and the character they displayed was first class. There has never been a doubt about their character, their commitment and their work ethic or their desire.
“I read some stories which before Saturday irked us as staff absolutely but more than irked the players.
“When you’ve had a bad game the best thing you can do is put your hand up and say “We weren’t good enough on that particular occasion.” You don’t make excuses.
“The response was required, as was the level of performance and it was a very valuable three points.
“Irrespective of the criticism you are playing Aberdeen at home, it is a packed Ibrox, there is no need for motivation but as I said the players and staff were irked by certain comments and suggestions.
“Was it our best performance in terms of football, far from it, but we showed some great qualities and we battled and we knew we had to in terms of physicality and we deserved the win.”