MARK WARBURTON and his staff will continue to pick over the bones of Saturday’s defeat at Celtic – but he insisted there will be no rash decisions made in reaction to it.
The Ibrox gaffer pointed to a number of areas of Rangers’ ideal game that didn’t come to fruition at Parkhead, and while he also admitted his frustration at the personal errors made by a number of his players, he has called on each and every member of his team to accept culpability for them.
Speaking yesterday to RangersTV.tv, he explained: “We have to look at it, and you have to self-analyse and be self-critical, and you have to react to Saturday but the danger is you over react.
“There is a fine balance there. We were very aware of being split as a unit, and we didn’t press on the front foot as we normally do- we didn’t show that high-pressing desire in our game, and again that could be a mixed message.
“If it is, that’s my fault, nobody else’s fault. But the point was we wanted to try and stop balls being fed in and press, and I think we were maybe caught between the two for periods on Saturday. When we did what we do well, Niko had a couple of great balls out to Barrie and Lee got forward.
“Did we test the goalkeeper enough? No, but we got in good areas to hurt him. We need to look at the individual errors and recognise it was a tough place to go and you have to enjoy those experiences – but you can’t afford to make individual errors, and that comes down to the whole team taking collective responsibility for that.”
And, while recognising the number of negatives that came from Saturday’s game, he did point to some positives too from the defeat, although he was reluctant to make too great a deal out of them.
He added: “I don’t want everyone to be turning round to Rangers fans who pay good money and say there are positives – that will irk straight away.
“The fact of the matter is though, Joe Garner showed aerially, he showed his competitive nature, you saw some of the challenges he went into, he was fearless in his play and he worked tirelessly, he got his goal which was great work by Kenny, and he got that in the right place at the right time, so it was absolutely a positive.
“Josh Windass came in after a five or six week lay-off with a hamstring issue and showed his running power, showed his desire and willingness to get forward and caused problems – there is no doubt about that.
“Kenny too – he was inappropriately in our view asked to do a wing-back job but again worked tirelessly, likewise Wes Foderingham, he worked so hard and his distribution was good and positive, he collected the ball from crosses nice and brightly and confidently, so there were positives but you loathe to say that for obvious reasons.”