MARK WARBURTON pointed to ‘fine margins’ after Rangers were defeated 2-1 by Celtic at Ibrox Stadium this afternoon in the Old Firm derby.
Gers went ahead on the 13th minute through a tremendous Kenny Miller goal, and despite Celtic turning it around, the Light Blues still had chances to at least level matters.
Speaking afterwards to RangersTV.tv, Warburton explained: “We’re disappointed obviously to lose a game of football. In the first 30-35 minutes I thought we were good, came out the blocks and got the rewards early. I thought we looked very good and the second time Tav got to the by-line I thought we’d got the second goal.
“They scored after 33 and we had a little wobble, but we finished strongly, kept possession well, and that last pass from Jason Holt nearly got through to replicate the first goal, and that was a nice way to finish the first half.
“The one disappointment was probably the first 15 minutes of the second half. We didn’t take care of the football, gave it away cheaply and allowed Celtic to dominate possession. They had some chances in that period and all credit to Wes [Foderingham] for standing up to them and doing well.
“Then we had chances, and you look at four or five big chances we had, and it’s fine margins – and that’s what it is at this level of the game. We just spoke about that in the dressing room – Kenny [Miller] hitting the post, Harry [Forrester’s] etc. so we have to learn from it, we are working and the crowd were magnificent again.
“It hurts at the end so we have got to learn, push on, and the boys will have a week off now, but they will come back rested for a strong second half of the season.”
Celtic certainly came into the game more as it progressed, but Gers were always a threat, particularly early-on which for Warburton was a very pleasing period.
He added: “I thought we started the game really well – a game of this passion, this intensity and the emotions involved – I thought we started really well and it was good to get the rewards early.
“But then after the 40th minute, we moved it and made them work, and nearly got in through Jason. So we were pleased with that first half – but we have to learn from that 15-minute block where we have to take care of the ball and we didn’t. We went to 4-3-3 later on with Tav in at right-back, and the substitution – Jason Holt – from him we had another massive shift, and Harry came on and had a good chance. He’s a clever player but again it’s just the fine margins.”