IT’S NOT often a team requires an inquest after a 3-0 victory nor that their manager appears so downcast with his side five points clear at the top of the table.
But such are the high standards that Mark Warburton and the Rangers squad have set themselves they deemed their win over Livingston not to be good enough.
First half goals from Lee Wallace and Martyn Waghorn were added to by Nicky Law on 80 minutes but that was Gers first real chance of the second half and the manager wasn’t happy.
Warburton told Rangers TV: “It was not a good afternoon. It was a good afternoon in terms of we got the three points and we’ve played six games out of 18 so that speaks for itself.
“But as a group we are unhappy today, we had a small inquest in there, which is great about this group of players, that we have had a small inquest after winning 3-0 at home.
“We fell way below our standards in terms of looking after the ball, playing fast and making good decisions.
“So it was good to have that inquest because maybe more good than bad comes out of those type of meetings and hopefully it sets us up well for the next run of games.
“We spoke about out standards, what we do well, how we move the ball, how we take care of possession and how we take chances.
“We should be patient in possession and we weren’t today, we gave it away too many times and we were too sloppy.
“They came with a better game plan to press it and we have to play through it and have enough quality in the dressing room without doubt to do that.
“But as a group we fell below the standard, those were our thoughts and that is the message of how we want to be this week at the training ground.
“The victories or the results are a by-product of what we do at Murray Park, so if we work hard every day it should work but just a couple of times we have fallen below the standard and that was the result today.
“It’s good the players are having an inquest – they know, they’re angry and they’re hurting because they want more, they want higher standards and we will be in a good place with that type of reaction from the group.”
The Light Blues have an immaculate record in league and cup so far this season but for Warburton to achieve his aims at Ibrox he is demanding more.
He is calling for an increased level of performance in both games and training before his side travel to Dumbarton next weekend.
He continued: “We have to be disappointed with that, we have to keep pushing because we know what we want to do and we know where we want to go to and how we are going to get there.
“We are going to get there by maintaining a really high consistent quality of performance and today we fell below that.
“It felt flat in the second half and I think that the crowd felt flat because we weren’t delivering the level.
“Sometimes you can just work hard and it doesn’t work for you and there is no question of their work rate and commitment but we must recognise the quality that we have to achieve.”