MARK Warburton says the responsibility of being a Rangers player means it doesn’t matter what competition his team are playing in, there will always be pressure.
The Gers gaffer insists he isn’t placing any extra spotlight on the Scottish Cup this season despite going so close in 2016 to lifting the cup. His side beat Motherwell to progress on Saturday.
Rangers were 10 minutes away from lifting the trophy at Hampden last May and Warburton says his players know they must win every game regardless of it being in the cup or league.
He said: “Every game we play must be important, you can’t come to Ibrox here with the crowd or go away with the following that we enjoy and not take every game seriously.
“There is a real responsibility playing for Rangers and we say this to so many people, it is not normal; there is a certain weight to the jersey.
“There is a responsibility when you pull the blue jersey on, home and away, whatever competition you’re playing in.
“There is never more onus on the silverware; it is not about “last” silverware. Every cup you go into you want to go as far as you possibly can and now after today the focus will turn to the league next week.”
Rangers win against Motherwell was a last gasp affair with Kenny Miller’s 84th and 89th minutes goal stealing the victory after the Steelmen snatched a lead with 16 minutes left to play.
Warburton said: “We said they’d get a chance in the second-half, it is the way of the game and they got it and they took it and then you find yourself 1-0 down with 15 minutes to go.
“But the crowd were great, they stayed with the boys and the boys carried on playing and moving the ball and they got their rewards.
“Don’t forget previous games against Motherwell, they are very well organised and the goals come late.
“They come late because the opposition have worked so hard for the previous 75 minutes – that is the truth of it. The boy getting cramp at the end for them highlighted that.
“So it is about us believing and when the opening comes you have to take it, you have to penetrate.”