MARK WARBURTON will lead a team into a national Cup Final for the first time after his Rangers side defeated St Mirren at Ibrox this afternoon.
The Petrofac Cup semi-final tie saw Rangers run-out 4-0 winners thanks to Jason Holt, Kenny Miller, Martyn Waghorn and a Sean Kelly own goal to set up a date with Peterhead on April 10.
Warburton was thrilled to get through, and despite three of the four goals coming in the second half, he was left more satisfied with the showing in the first half.
Speaking after the game to RangersTV.tv, he explained: “I’m delighted for the players. They have worked hard and trained hard with good commitment and quality. It was a very pleasing first half performance today, and we should have been more than one ahead at half time, although to get the rewards late in the game was, of course, pleasing.
“So we look forward to final now in April.
“In that first half there was just a little bit of quality missing in the final third. Don’t forget they are working so hard, but we had some different shape and movement today, and the combinations nearly came off.
“There were one or two excellent saves and one or two near misses, but I thought we were very good for that first 45 minutes.”
A place on the scoresheet for Martyn Waghorn left the manager particularly pleased after this week being faced with questions over a supposed goal drought for the striker, with Waghorn having ‘only’ scored twice in his last five games.
Warburton hit back: “That was never in doubt, not in our mind anyway. There were words being used by certain media aspects which were quite ludicrous in terms of a ‘desperate slump in form’ or a ‘mini-crisis.’
“I found that disrespectful to the players. They have done very well – they are top of the league and deserve to be there and we are in a Cup Final now.”