MARK WARBURTON is hopeful the Rangers supporters were able to see plenty of commitment, desire and passion on show from his players despite yesterday’s defeat to Celtic.
The Ibrox manager revealed the adulation Joe Garner received following his substitution in the Hearts match on December 10 has been used as an example to the entire Gers squad.
Now, following the reverse – Gers first home league defeat since February 2015 – Warburton is looking for his side to begin another terrific vein of home form.
He explained: “We’ve spoken about the ovation Joe Garner got after the Hearts game, and if you’d have walked in at the 80th minute you’d have thought he had scored four or five goals.
“It tells you a lot about the crowd – we have got to always, always match the passion of the crowd off the pitch on the pitch. I hope the crowd saw today what it means to the players to wear the shirt – that’s fine, but we want to win games of football and take this club back to where it needs to go.
“There is a lot of work to do, but all credit to the players. That’s our home record gone – it’s the first league game we have lost here in 18 months, so we start rebuilding that record.”
Gers now head into the winter break, with the squad being afforded some time off before getting back into the swing of things.
Warburton added: “The players have six days off now, and we come back for a good week of training, go to Leipzig for what will be a very good quality warm-up game for us, then back for a week of training before the Motherwell cup fixture.
“The boys deserve a rest – we are second in the table which we need to make sure we cement and then move on from there.”