MARK WARBURTON reckons Rangers didn’t hit their desired level of performance against Hearts at Tynecastle this evening.
The Gers manager expressed his disappointment at the showing and the result when he spoke to RangersTV.tv at full time, while he also pointed to a moment of controversy where Joe Dodoo had a goal disallowed 14 seconds after the ball had hit the net with the linesman adjudging Harry Forrester to have been stood in an offside position.
He explained: “I’m frustrated. We didn’t play anywhere near the level we wanted to play at, and we knew they would press and be very well organised.
“They pressed high, left three-on-three at the back, and we had to find an outlet and be brave to get out. If that means going long to beat the press, then that’s what you do.
“We are disappointed we didn’t control the football – we were too loose and gave it away too many times. But, in saying that, we can’t concede two sloppy goals.
“Two tap-ins at the far post can’t be conceded. We conceded just before half time and we came in and said ‘right, organise and do this.’
“We didn’t feel we were being troubled, and then in the second half, it was sloppy. But, we were very frustrated by the decision.
“I don’t want to come across as a sore loser or clutching at straws, the fact is, there are 13, 14 seconds where the flag doesn’t go up. The man is in line and the flag doesn’t go up until players go over to him and suddenly 14 seconds later, the flag goes up – someone please explain that to me.”
On the decision itself, Warburton added: “For me, I think Harry is slightly offside. But, that’s not the point we arguing. The point we are arguing is the linesman here gives the offside, and that’s what he has to do, and he walks back down here to the dugouts, the flag’s not up, our players are celebrating, and then 14 seconds later the flag goes up.
“I don’t want to come across as a sore loser, but that is a point that makes the game 1-1, and it changes the complexion. As I say though, we have to look at what happened on the second goal, again, a soft tap-in at the back post.
“It’s three points dropped tonight against a team in and around us. We were in good shape, well prepared and disappointed not to deliver a performance”