MARK WARBURTON is desperate to win tomorrow’s Old Firm derby to repay the loyal support of the Rangers supporters.
Gers have had four home games in December with every single one being a sell-out, while away matches at Hamilton and St Johnstone saw a huge travelling army of fans take over New Douglas Park and McDiarmid Park respectively.
Now Warburton wants to see the supporters rewarded with a famous victory over Celtic.
Speaking at yesterday’s press conference, he said: “You want to give it to your supporters. The support we receive home and away is magnificent, so we want to win it for them, absolutely. We understand the significance and the importance and the emotions involved in this game, and there is no doubt it will be a pleasure to deliver the type of performance that delivers the three points.
“They are a crowd that has been reared on domestic and European success – that’s the nature of our crowd and quite likely so, so the expectation levels are very high.
“Our players have to recognise it and the staff have to recognise it and respond to it. There is no doubt the crowd can play a huge part in it, and the atmosphere in the last few home games has been magnificent.”
Despite the obvious pressures that come with playing in front of such an expectant crowd, Warburton is calling on his players to enjoy and relish the occasion.
He added: “It’s Ibrox against Celtic, and it’s dealing with that. We have had three sell-out crowds now, and the expectation is there in every single game.
“So, learn from them. When Celtic are the visitors, yes of course there is an added spice to it, there’s no denying that.
“It’s now the fourth sell-out crowd in a row – magnificent backing – great to see the stadium full on so many occasions, so what we have to do is enjoy that and enjoy the occasion.”