MARK Warburton says he is prepared for the most scrutinised month of his managerial career but won’t be distracted from preparing his team to face Morton on Friday.

With Rangers set to play Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final in mid-April the Gers manager is readying himself for an intense period of build up to the big day.

But the former Brentford boss is keen to stress neither he nor his side will be focussing on the game until the week before it.

Warburton said: “Obviously I understand the scrutiny and the media mayhem that will ensue.

“But the fact is the focus is the league and that won’t change, everything is geared up for Morton on Friday night.

“The players have earnt that semi-final but before that game we have a lot of work to do and we have a healthy position at the top of the league but there are a lot of points still to play for.

“I can’t pretend that I will have experienced this before, everyone has warned me and the amount of missed calls I got on Sunday afternoon proves it could be interesting.”

“But if we allow the players to be distracted and take our focus away from the key games, the league games, then we will have an issue.

“That won’t happen though, they are a great group of players, they are focussed, know what is at stake, know what our main aims are and that is to make sure this club is back in the top flight.

“We have Morton, Falkirk, Queen of the South, Raith and Dumbarton and that is before the Petrofac final so that’s where the focus needs to be.”

“We need to be best prepared and maintain a level of consistency in our performance that hopefully gets us the points we’re after.”

Warburton has revealed in the past that his son showed him YouTube clips of the Old Firm when he first took the reins at Ibrox.

Those videos have wet his appetite for the Scottish Cup show down at Hampden, a stadium he will go from having never managed at to taking charge at two weekends in a row.

He said:

“The Old Firm my son showed me wasn’t at Hampden it was at Ibrox but it will be a great atmosphere I am sure, it is a great day out for the fans and the players.”

“It is something you look forward to after the Petrofac, we get that out of the way and then we move forward from there.

“We’re playing there two weekends in a row so we will get used to a sequence of events and a certain preparation cycle, so we will look at that and hopefully get that right but again these games are a way away.”

RANGERS welcome Jim Duffy’s Greenock Morton to Ibrox on Friday night in the SPFL Championship and tickets are still on sale.

The Gers are back in League action after defeating Premiership side Dundee 4:0 in the Scottish Cup at the weekend and will have the opportunity to stretch the lead at the top of the table to seventeen points at Ibrox.

You can still be there with tickets on sale now – details below:

Rangers v Morton
Friday 11 March 2016 – Kick Off 7.45pm

*Ticket prices from £18 adults, £13 concessions and £5 juniors
*Prices quoted are for the Family stand.


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