MARK WARBURTON believes fine margins have been at play when it comes to Rangers recent results.

The manager rued his side’s loss to Aberdeen in a game which saw the Gers dominate with 59% of possession but a controversial last minute Dons free-kick grabbed the three points.

Warburton thinks things can start to go the Light Blues way if they continue with their recent level of performance.

The Gers boss said: “We know we went to Pittodrie, delivered a good display and should have come away with the points.

“The fine margins are never ever an excuse, you have to look at it and over the course of a season what goes around comes around.

“You’d like to think they even themselves out over 38 games but when you look at them, like Sunday’s offside call which is two or three yards on it’s frustrating.

“It was a great ball from Kenny, a great passage of play where we have worked out from the back and Baz had made a great run – that is what you work so hard to create.

“Tav for me as a defender, with 89 minutes gone, has worked at a high tempo all match and with all the demands of that game can still make a great run and produce a fantastic tackle.

“The free-kick came has been well documented and I think has been clarified that there was no free-kick.

“They are the fine margins at the moment and they are not going our way, no excuses and we’re not looking for a sympathy vote, far from it.

“It’s difficult for our fans to swallow when you take one point from six, that’s not Rangers but we hope very much that they can see a lot of big progress is being made.

“There is loads more to come but we think in the last few games we have seen significant, consistent progress.”


Clinical has been a word used by both Warburton and his players in recent weeks as they have struggled to find form in front of goal in the league.

When asked what he can do to change that Warburton responded: “It is just work.

“We have to make sure that work is there and they have been putting it in. I get frustrated, David does and so do the staff because they never got the rewards on Sunday.

“We asked them to be brave, the Aberdeen line-up suggested energy in their side, lots of running to shut us down and stop us playing our game. We got out time and time again and got on the ball and created chances.

“People talk about possession and it means nothing without penetration and goals but to go there and dominate the ball in that manner is pleasing.

“I think we had more possession and chances against Aberdeen than we had against Queen of the South but we were more clinical in that game.

“At 1-1 we felt we should have had more out of the game, we could have tested the keeper more.

“We had a header over the bar, Waggy had an effort just over the bar, Jason has put it wide and Joe Garner had a header blocked at the far post so we had a number of different chances.”

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