WITH the doubters queueing up to have a pop at Rangers in the wake of last midweek’s 3-1 loss to St Johnstone in the League Cup, manager Mark Warburton was thrilled with how his men responded on Sunday in the 4-0 triumph at Greenock Morton.
Speaking today to RangersTV.tv, he said: “It was a really pleasing performance given what had happened earlier in the week. In the first half hour, we were really good and showed some really good intensity.
“We moved the ball well with a good tempo, and we got the goals and dominated the game.
“We’ve analysed it today with the players and there were two or three opportunities that we need to tighten up on.
“But we will hopefully rectify them, and again, it was a really pleasing result.
“We are making chances, but defences are compact, solid and there are men behind the ball.
“We have to be patient and keep moving the ball, and hopefully find the opening. It might take a 25-yard shot as you saw against Dumbarton from Waghorn, or what Waggy did at the weekend with a great bit of skill in a tight area.
“It’s about us and good decision making, creating half a yard and hopefully maximising it.”
Morton have enjoyed a good start to the season and had defeated Motherwell just a few days prior to taking on Rangers, and Warburton was pleased too with how his men handled Jim Duffy’s threatening outfit.
He added: “We were fully respectful of Jim and his knowledge and experience, and of course his players. They were really well organised and they had a great result against Motherwell.
“There was no doubt about the quality of threat they posed, but we started off really well with a high tempo and good quality from the first minute.
“We were dominant in switching it from left to right and showing good geography, and we started the game at our tempo and our intensity, laid a marker down and got the goals as well.”
The criticism Rangers took in the wake of the St Johnstone match was certainly noticed by both the manager and his players, but he was left pleased with how they took it on board and used it to their advantage.
He said: “We had to. People were saying the boys had been riled, and they were riled because we had played 11 and won 11, and I think a bit of respect was due there because of the work ethic, the quality and the commitment of the team.
“To say that self-belief was shattered and they required a reality check was, to me, disrespectful, so it’s great that the team could come out and play as they did.”