MARK WARBURTON reckons Rangers will emerge as an even stronger team after performing below their normal standard but still overcoming Morton at Cappielow tonight.
The Light Blues sealed a 2-0 victory with goals either side of half-time from Kenny Miller and Barrie McKay, but the win was marred somewhat by a red card shown to Andy Halliday.
Warburton told RangersTV.tv: “I am pleased and we are better as a team after that tonight. There is no doubt we were below our best, and we spoke at half time about them being well-organised, hard-working and having good quality.
“We were well aware of that – this is a tough place to come and play football, but we wanted to come out and be better in the second half, and we created lots of chances, and we should have been out of sight.
“We didn’t do that and we kept them in the game.”
Morton were a threat throughout the evening, prompting a terrific display from the Rangers backline, and Warburton praised the approach of Morton while insisting Gers will go on to perform better than they did tonight.
He continued: “Their tails were up and they came and had a go and all credit to them for that. These are the games where you need to win ugly or scrappily – or whatever you want to call it.
“It’s another three points though, and there are no doubts about what we will do about a squad of players though and how we will react.
“We talk about the product getting better, and we know what we have to improve.”
One move which perhaps changed the game in the favour of Rangers was moving Barrie McKay into the centre of midfield, and he scored the all-important second goal as well as hitting the crossbar with a stunning 25-yard drive.
The manager continued: “We talk about players having flexibility in their positions, and Barrie has been outstanding for us in that respect.
“He wasn’t getting so much joy tonight on the left flank – just the occasional switched ball to him but not as many as we would have liked, and the idea was move him inside and we are delighted with his contribution.”
There is little doubt the red card seriously irked the manager however, and he was left doubly frustrated with Halliday now missing Saturday’s game with Falkirk at Ibrox.
He said: “We have scored a goal, the boys are together and they are delighted. We have watched it and the official concerned is not even looking at the player in question.
“There is nothing we can do – and we can’t keep being the victim of such bemusing decisions – and I am being very polite there.
“I am more than frustrated.”