A THRILLED Mark Warburton was left overjoyed with his side’s performance in their 6-0 win over Dumbarton this afternoon as Rangers maintained their lead at the top of the Championship.

Despite five of the six goals coming in the second half of the match, Warburton pointed to the first half as laying the foundations for the demolition as his side got 2016 off to the best possible start.

Speaking after the game to RangersTV.tv, the manager beamed: “It was a really pleasing performance today. We knew this was a tough place to come with the wind etc., but our tempo was good from the first whistle and our quality all around was good. We pressed together and worked hard together, so I am delighted with the performance.

“We spoke in the dressing room before the game about being aware of the circumstances and dealing with them, of trying to impose ourselves on the game and dominating the football, as when we do that, we look a really good team, and I thought in the second half especially, we did that.

“A lot of the work was done in the first half though. Dumbarton worked really well to keep their shape, but we kept moving the football. We then got the rewards in the second half so all-round it was a great afternoon’s work.

“They have worked teams really hard of late and they are well-organised and tough to break down, and we knew the quality of challenge today. We responded really well however and delivered a very pleasing performance today.”

There were two hat-tricks of sorts today too with Kenny Miller grabbing three goals and James Tavernier notching three assists as well as the sixth goal in the rout, and Warburton was delighted with their contributions.

He continued: “Kenny knows he is impacting the team and he has fully justified his new contract. He scored goals early in the season, and yes, it did go quiet but contributes so much training-wise and off the pitch. It’s all about players adding value both on a matchday and everyday at Murray Park.

“So I am delighted for Kenny getting the match ball today.

“In the first half, Tav would be the first to say that little bit of quality on the final ball wasn’t quite there, but in the second half he was excellent. His goal too was a tremendous finish with great technique, so I am delighted for him.”

In a further boost to Rangers in what has been a wonderful week, midfielder Harry Forrester joined the club on Thursday from Doncaster Rovers, although the manager warned he will have to work hard to break through into the team.

Warburton added: “Harry knows he has to work his way into the team – there are no gimmes for anyone. But he knows how we work – he is a technically gifted player who knows he has to bring something different to the team – and I have no doubts he can do that.”

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