MARK Warburton would not allow any talk of titles or Hibernian after his side pulled into a 14 point lead at the top of the table.
With Hibs losing to Queen of the South, Gers are now just five wins away from clinching the Championship but the manager is still taking things game by game.
He praised his side’s performance as they brushed Raith Rovers aside, their two goal win perhaps flattered the visitors as they peppered Kevin Cuthbert’s goal in the second-half.
The manager said: “I thought it was a good performance tonight, a controlled performance; we dominated the football and had lots of chances second-half.
“The keeper seemed to be in the right place most of the time but we had good power, good movement and the rotation was good tonight.
“All credit to them they worked really hard but we started off really well, didn’t lose our patience, moved the football and should have got more reward for the ball dominance that we had.
“It’s not about Hibs, it can’t be about Hibs, we said tonight that it was an important game for us going into a cup weekend and with various international breaks coming up that it was important to send a message out tonight – to be relentless in what we do.”
“The Hibs result is a big result, a lot of teams are scraping for fourth place, like Queen of the South as well as Morton, Raith and Falkirk.
“All those teams are pushing really hard but we have to focus on Rangers, keep delivering the level of performance and hopefully we’ll get the right rewards.”
Harry Forrester scored his second Rangers goal in the 26th minute and Warburton is glad the Ibrox faithful are starting to see the player he has always believed in.
Forrester could play a starring role when Dundee come to town on Saturday in the Scottish Cup, with Michael O’Halloran and Billy King being cup-tied he could be pushed into a more forward position.
Warburton continued: “Harry has nothing to prove to myself and David, I’ve known him since he was a young boy but what is pleasing for me is that the crowd can now see how good he can be.
“He needs to have that confidence and he was trying too hard in the first couple of games but you saw tonight his technical ability, his work rate and his desire.
“He is a playground player, when he gets the ball he wants to dominate it and he was very very good tonight.”
“The weekend isn’t about having a break from the league, everything is geared up for the next game.
“The last message I gave the boys after the game was that they must do the right things, recover well, eat well, hydrate well and everything will be geared towards a really important game at the weekend.”