AFTER seeing his side lose in the Championship for the first time last Sunday, Mark Warburton reckons his players have what it takes to respond in the right manner against Alloa on Saturday.

If anything, Warburton believes the defeat will have refocussed his players’ minds, and he is confident a message will be delivered to the rest of the league too.

He explained: “We’ve played 12 and we have won 11 games. We’ve just checked and we are one point ahead of where Hearts were at this stage last season.

“It puts the boys back on focus and back on track. We’ve trained well this week, and we are eager for 3pm on Saturday.

“It is important that you learn from every game. You can’t say that and then not act on it from our point of view we have to be better – every day we have to do that. As a group we are moving forward and hopefully we will send out a statement on Saturday.”

There is little doubt the Hibs loss was a blow to all at Rangers, but Warburton believes a number of positive can be taken from the game despite the reverse.

He added: “The stats tell us that in the first 15 minutes we were a little bit hesitant in getting out to the ball with our new shape.

“We got started and dominated possession 65-35. We had a lot of the ball and there were chances for Lee, Tav and Waggy etc. but we didn’t take them and there were some good saves as well.

There were opportunities, and we need to be more clinical, but they know that. You look at the highest levels of the game – and it is all about taking your chances.

“But they are a great group, and there is no doubt about their reaction. We don’t have to tell them what their reaction should be as they came up with the right one.

“They are focussed. They were angry and frustrated last week, but they have handled it in the right way.

“But there is a lot to be positive about. We are not happy about losing a game of football – but we’ve played 12, won 11, and we are in good shape.

“Right at the start of the season if you had said to any player, supporter or member of the media if we would play 12, win 11 and be five points clear, I can’t think of a person who wouldn’t have taken that.

“You always learn something from every game you play. We asked the players what they would do – would they as they were or would they move forward? Their reaction was never in doubt – we focussed it and trained well this week, and we are in good shape.”

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