MARK WARBURTON has once again paid tribute to the loyal support of the Rangers fans as they packed Ibrox to the rafters yesterday afternoon for the final home match of the season.

While the 1-1 draw with Alloa wasn’t what anyone associated with the club wanted, Warburton also reflected on what has been a superb first season in charge for him at Ibrox.

He explained to RangersTV.tv: “I’m delighted, and I’m delighted for the players and for the fans. I mentioned on the pitch, that the players were challenged to win the league and win it in style, so it’s all credit to them for their application throughout the season.

“It’s also all credit to the fans for their level of backing. I can’t obviously talk about the last four or five years, but I am learning about some of the turmoil they have gone through, so I am delighted for them.

“The question was asked what it meant to get our hands on the trophy – it means we’re back in the top flight, and now we have to keep moving forward and to go and challenge.

“We have to recruit well over the summer, and we know we have to strengthen in key areas, which again we will do.

“The support from the board and the owner has been first class, and basically, we have to do our jobs.

“The players need a rest – and they will go away on May 22 after the Cup Final for a deserved three and a half weeks, and then they are back in again on June 18.

“The fans can hopefully expect the football department moving forward, getting better in all areas on and off the pitch, and hopefully delivering the performances which get the results we are after.”

Ibrox boasted it’s biggest crown since December 27 2008, with 50,349 supporters packed in, and Warburton continues to insist the backing will never be taken for granted.

He added:  “We had a preseason friendly with Burnley, and I think we had nearly 25,000 in, which was quite staggering, and then we had our first full house in the first league match against St Mirren, and we spoke about how many times we could fill Ibrox.

“If we’re filling Ibrox and the fans are happy and are supporting you, then we’re in a good place.

“We know how big the club is, we know the level of support here and we know the expectation here as well.

“I mentioned in a previous interview that second is last as far as we’re concerned, so we know what we have to do.

“What is good about Rangers is there are no grey areas. We have to go out there and try to win in a style of play which is entertaining, and if we can do that, then we will be in a good place, but we are not ignoring the fact that there is a lot of work to be done.

“There are teams like Celtic, Aberdeen, Hearts, St Johnstone who had a great result last night and Motherwell – some really good teams, but what we have to do is be the best we can be.”

 

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