MARK WARBURTON believes there were a lot of positives to take from Saturday’s goalless draw against Kilmarnock at Ibrox.
The Light Blues performed well against their Premiership opponents in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup, but for the first time this season failed to find the net.
The goals might not be flowing as freely as they were at the start of the year, but the gaffer was pleased with his side’s overall display against Lee McCulloch’s men.
Speaking exclusively to RangersTV.tv at Murray Park yesterday, he said: “We discussed it in the changing room.
“The first ten to fifteen minutes we were a little bit slow out the blocks, lacked some self-belief, but we then dominated the first half and in the second half I thought we were very comfortable, dominated possession, dominated the football and just lacked the final bit of quality to get the rewards for all the hard work.
“Going into the game we knew we were in good form, we were on a good run. The boys have shown a level of consistency and a level of quality.
“We were very confident going into the game and we knew what we had to do. I thought defensively we looked really solid, the two centre halves were strong with the full backs getting forward and getting the balance right.
“Dom Ball did very well sitting in front and all over the park we had good performances. It’s just a shame we didn’t get the result we wanted.”
With just two goals scored in their last three games, Rangers have been creating chances but not always taking them. This, however, does not concern Warburton.
He said: “I think if there are alarm bells after that then there is an issue. [Against Kilmarnock] we showed good quality on the football, it was just lacking that killer touch in the box.
“Waggy has been outstanding this season and nine times out of 10 he’ll score that. We had Tav hit the post, Danny hitting the bar, chances for Harry and Jason.
“Lee Wallace forced a couple of saves, so all over the park first and second half we created good chances and on another day we would have got three or four.
“It’s the random nature of football. Sometimes it drops your way be it a penalty kick or a corner or a goal kick or an offside, whatever it might be.
The random events of football sometimes go your way, sometimes they don’t. I think the last couple of games they haven’t gone our way but I’m delighted with the quality of football.”
Jason Holt made a second-half appearance on Saturday having recovered from a knee injury which kept him out of previous Championship games against Morton, Falkirk and Raith Rovers.
With nine goals this term, Holt’s return to fitness has been a boost for Warburton and his squad.
The manager explained what the playmaker brings to the Rangers team: “His movement, his energy, his quality and his hunger to get back and defend as well as go forward.
“He adopts positions which hurt the opposition, he find pockets of space and he’s constantly moving. He does it with a real dynamism about his movement.
“So he’s been superb for us, he’s earned his new contract, and I’m looking forward to Jason getting better and better.”