MARK WARBURTON will not make any knee-jerk reactions after Tuesday night’s defeat to St Johnstone and insists he won’t change the way he wants his Rangers team to play, regardless of the opposition.
Prior to Tuesday the Light Blues had won all 11 of their competitive games this season and fans were thrilled with the performances from their new-look squad.
The League Cup exit to Tommy Wright’s Saints may have halted the momentum which was building but Warburton is confident his players will bounce back against Morton on Sunday with another high intensity, attacking display.
The manager said: “That’s how we play football. What do we do, do we change the whole way we play because of one result?
“I’m amazed at some of the comments I read about ‘will you change this?’ We’ve won 11 out of 11, we’ve played well and we’ve missed numerous chances on top of the goals we scored.
“That’s not arrogant, that not disrespectful, we’ve played some good stuff early in the season. Why would you possibly change everything?
“Right now, on Tuesday, we made some individual errors and got punished and missed some chances, simple as that. I’ve got no doubts about the quality of the team.”
Losing three goals to St Johnstone in midweek was clearly disappointing for Warburton but he was quick to praise the defenders who have performed so consistently and impressively for Rangers this term.
He said: “We put our centre-halves and defenders under a lot of pressure with the way we play.
We do commit our full backs forward and we look for balance from the full backs and the holding midfielder. But we do put them under pressure, they are challenged and we need players who can stand up to that challenge.
“We had similar feedback last year from the players about 2v2 sometimes. Well, deal with it and they are good enough to deal with it.
“I’ve got no doubts about the qualities of Rob and Danny, they’ve been excellent so far this season and will be excellent all the season ahead.
“I’ve got no doubts about that at all, it’s just about them being challenged as players and learning from every game.
“We’ve conceded very few goals this season. They’ve done their job on various surfaces against various opposition, so we’re delighted with them.
“And don’t forget, and we said to them after the game on Tuesday, we’ve been together less than three months.
“June 27 we came back and in that period of time they’ve gelled quickly, taken on board new ideas, had a good run of results and we’re in good shape.”
On his squad, the manager added: “If we had doubts within our camp then I’ve got no problems letting you know that.
“From our perspective we were frustrated at losing a game of football, angry and it spoils your day off that’s for sure.
“But the anger now is channelled towards a good performance at the weekend.”
Warburton confirmed that goalkeeper Cammy Bell is still undergoing treatment but Nicky Clark has returned to full training and is available for selection.