“MUSIC to our ears” is how boss Mark Warburton revealed he and his staff and players reacted to news of a sold-out Ibrox Stadium for yesterday’s game with Hearts.
For the second week in succession, there wasn’t a seat to be had in Govan, and indeed, the biggest crowd of the season – 50,039 – rocked up to see a superb performance from Gers in a 2-0 win.
Warburton explained: “The backing is never taken for granted – and I always say it. You have to earn that 50,000 sell-out. It’s great when Stewart [Robertson] comes by and tells me there isn’t a ticket to be had. That’s music to our ears.
“The message to the players is that the fans are believing in you, you now have to believe in yourself and send them home happy.
“It sounds a repetitive remark, but it’s not. It’s very sincerely meant, and that is our job.”
The victory saw a first competitive Rangers goal for Rob Kiernan, and while delighted to see him grab that, Warburton was thrilled with his overall performance.
He continued: “Rob has all the attributes, and you look at how good he could be. Rob just has to believe how good he can be, and today, alongside Danny, the pair of them were strong, and in recent weeks alongside Clint they have been very formidable. We just have to keep moving though – it’s another three points, but it’s a strong run of games coming up.
“We have to strive for the consistency of performance now.”
Warburton also spoke of Barrie McKay being back to his best, saying: “I am delighted for Barrie. He is a young player and we spoke to him, and Barrie was almost an automatic starter last year. He got his national call-up, which was thoroughly deserved.
“But young players are always going to have their little dips. We were saying that class is permanent and form is temporary, and you see that Barrie has all the ability in the world. He can go as far as he want to in the game, and it was great to see his way back.
“He has been training with a real intensity and there is so much more to come from Barrie McKay.”