RANGERS showed they can do something different against Aberdeen according to manager Mark Warburton.
The Gers boss made five changes for the visit of the Dons and they paid off as his side ran out 2-1 winner at Ibrox.
But Warburton was keen to stress the display showed his side’s versatility as they adopted a different approach when faced with similar tactics that saw Hearts control Wednesday’s game at Tynecastle.
“You saw us start tweaking formation and people talk about a rigid 4-3-3 and not having a Plan B and they talk so much utter nonsense, I would like to go into detail on that one but I’m not allowed to.
“The fact is the players moved well, understood what we wanted to do because we had to go long. We knew Aberdeen would look at Wednesday’s game and press on.
“They pushed Shay Logan on, they went one-on-one at the back, similar to what Hearts did and we had to be brave.
“If we had to go a bit longer then fine, we had Joe Garner who is already very strong and he can pick up second balls.
“We had less control of the football than we are used to but we got the result that we wanted.
“Absolutely we want that again against Hearts next weekend. We look at the control of the ball and we didn’t have as much of that as we wanted to have but we were brave and bright and we were worthy winners.”
Warburton completely changed his front three against Aberdeen, starting Barrie McKay, Joe Garner and Michael O’Halloran while Kenny Miller slipped back into midfield.
James Tavernier was a substitute with Northern Ireland international Lee Hodson taking the role of right-back and promptly scoring the Gers second.
Martyn Waghorn made an impact off the bench for his first appearance in nearly a month and despite Warburton admitting his squad is light he says that hasn’t reduced the competition.
The Gers boss explained: “It is about using the squad, no one is dropped, Tav has been an almost ever-present for 18 months now and Lee Hodson has been outstanding in training.
“Lee is a good international and he came in and showed that today but getting Man of the Match and Tav can slip into midfield and still do a job for us.
“We have to make sure the squad know we believe in all of them, whoever we play.
“Joe Dodoo didn’t get on today after starting in the week and scoring two last weekend so the bench is strong and we have to have those options.
“Players are frustrated, to have Phillipe Senderos for example not in the squad today tells you where we are but Danny Wilson had done well and Clint was back.
“We have lost a couple of players, Niko and obviously Joey and we are down to 21, the same numbers as last year because of the injuries we have suffered. We have no Jordan, no Josh etc.”