MARK WARBURTON believes victory was no more than Rangers deserved for their second half performance last night.

The Light Blues produced a thoroughly dominant showing, putting Kilmarnock on the back-foot throughout the second period and eventually scored in injury time through Nicky Clark to set-up a Scottish Cup quarter-final home tie with Dundee or Dumbarton.

Warburton told “The most pleasing part is that they got their rewards. At half time we felt as a team that wasn’t us, but in the second half I felt we dominated proceedings from start to finish and they didn’t pose a threat.

“We defended well, swept up well, used the ball well and I thought there was one team in it so I’m delighted for the players that they got the rewards for all their hard work.

“I thought first half what we didn’t want was to get involved in a cup tie, in a battle and at times in the first 25 minutes we did.

“The last 20 minutes of the first half were better but we knew we had to come in at half time and settle and come out with more composure and I thought the players were excellent second half.”

Clark’s strike prevented the game from going to extra-time, but if it had, Warburton insists he would still have been confident of a Light Blue triumph.

He continued: “I thought we looked strong and I knew it extra time that we’re fit. Credit to Kilmarnock they’re working really hard to stop us and keep their shape.

“I knew in extra time we’d be the fitter team from the way we were playing but I’m glad they got their reward for dominating.”


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