MARK Warburton says his players would not have celebrated even if Rangers had secured the league title at Starks’s Park – that’s because their season wouldn’t have finished in that moment.
The manager is adamant that his squad won’t see their campaign as a success until they have given their best in all remaining games.
Rangers had a 3-2 lead snatched from under their noses when Harry Panayiotou scored an equaliser with the last kick of the game; Wes Foderingham had saved a penalty moments earlier.
The manager said:
“Our job isn’t about celebrating the season being over, we still have a number of games to be the best we can be.”
“It wouldn’t have been that way [celebrating on the pitch], the fans were magnificent but we have a big game on Tuesday night at a sold-out Ibrox and then we have another big game at the weekend and a massive one the following – they just keep coming.
“There has been a heated discussion in the changing room about their equaliser, which is fine, we will learn from it and go again on Tuesday.”
“I thought we dominated and deserved to be ahead but the penalty was given, Rob is adamant he never touched him; I haven’t seen a replay yet.
“Either way it was a tremendous save from Wes and we have to defend the goal better, it’s a bit mystifying how we didn’t take all three points.”
With Hibernian drawing 2-2 at St Mirren, with a 89th minute equaliser Rangers had the opportunity to walk away from Kirkcaldy with the league title wrapped up.
Raith in fact took the lead through a wonder strike from Louis Longridge, before Gers pegged them back with a Harry Forrester strike and then went ahead through Michael O’Halloran.
Kenny Miller put the Light Blues into seeming cruise control early in the second-half but the dramatic ending means Warburton’s men will have to beat Dumbarton on Tuesday to win the league.
The manager continued: “It was a good performance and the pitch is very difficult, it looks like the pitch is very green but it is dry, bobbly and crusty and you could see how hard it was to control, there were a couple of wild crosses and shots.
“The team controlled it and I thought we dominated possession, we were a bit tentative in the first half hour but when he did penetrate we hurt them.
“There were some tremendous goals and we could have had a couple more in the second-half but it is what it is and we have to learn from it and move forward.
“It would be nice to win it at Ibrox but we said to the players before that we can’t control what happens away from us so we will always presume that the nearest rivals will win the points and it’s about us.”
“We said do the job here today and then take it and win it in front of your supporters, so that is still the case.”