FOR the second week in a row, Rangers weren’t at their fluent and impressive best, but manager Mark Warburton was still pleased to escape from the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium with three points.
A Martyn Waghorn double in the second half broke the resistance of the stubborn Dumbarton defence before the home side pulled one back in injury time from the penalty spot.
But despite the performance and the narrow victory, Warburton remained upbeat when RangersTV spoke to him at full-time.
He explained: “This is a tough place to come, but we knew that and Dumbarton were very well organised and worked really hard.
“In the first half we were a little bit sloppy in the final third in terms of taking care and maintaining our shape.
“But we are working teams and they are working very, very hard to try and stop us, and I think that’s having an effect as we go beyond the hour mark in a game as we get more space and more time, and we can hurt teams.
“I’m pleased for Waggy who scored a very good first goal, and we also had Tav and Andy Halliday hitting the post, so we are creating chances and hurting teams and it is great just to get the three points.
“We had to be patient, and the key thing was to keep moving the ball. We had to limit their touches and make them work, and by doing that hopefully as the game progresses and concentration is lost, we can punish them accordingly.”
Waghorn’s double has moved him onto 11 goals from 11 competitive games so far this season, and the manager is thrilled his signing from Wigan Athletic is showing the potential he believed he has.
He continued: “We said right at the very start that Martyn Waghorn had to play games, and he is doing that and he is getting better and better.
“He beats himself up when he misses chances, but he is creating them and working hard right, left and centre, and I’m delighted for him and he will get more goals this season.”
It’s now back to League Cup duty for Rangers as they face Premiership opposition for the first time this season in the shape of St Johnstone at Ibrox.
It’s a repeat of the quarter-final from last year which Gers won 1-0, but despite the threat the Perth side may pose, Warburton once again is urging his boys to focus only on themselves.
He said: “It’s a different type of challenge, but as always, it is about us, and us taking care and doing what we do well, preparing well and we are looking forward to it.
“The fans took every ticket available today and we look forward to a big support on Tuesday night which will be important, and as ever, the players will have a responsibility to go out and send them home happy.”