MARK WARBURTON was thrilled with ‘outstanding performances all over the park’ in Rangers’ superb 2-0 defeat of Hearts at Ibrox Stadium this afternoon.
Goals from Rob Kiernan – his first for the club – and Barrie McKay sealed a tremendous three points, but the showings of the full complement of players was what stood out most to boss Warburton.
Speaking afterwards to RangersTV.tv, he explained: “I’m really pleased. I’m delighted for the players and they more than answered the questions. We spoke enough about Tynecastle but today you saw players on the front-foot, winning the ball early and showing good quality in possession.
“There were outstanding performances all over the park today so I am delighted for the players getting their rewards and getting the points.
“We knew what we had to do. The atmosphere last week in terms of the crowd was magnificent, and we had to replicate that. Again, the backing from the fans was tremendous, and it could have been a lot more in the second half. We were very good today, the players deserve all the credit, and all the focus now goes on to next Friday.
“You look all over the park. You look at Rob Kiernan and Danny Wilson who were so strong at centre-half, Wes [Foderingham] with his focus and concentration, the two full-backs who were our outlets on so many occasions, James Tavernier in midfield playing an unfamiliar role, but alongside Andy Halliday and Jason Holt who covered I don’t know how many kilometres.
“Joe Garner – what a performance from Joe, Kenny with his experience and Barrie McKay who was back to his best. The subs too – there are players who want to come on and they all want to play. It is about the squad, so I am delighted with the performance, the players answered the questions and they got their rewards.”
Warburton previously referenced ‘questions’ he felt his side had to answer. He feels they did so in some style at Ibrox this afternoon, and he pointed to the impact all of his squad are having.
He added: “They did so, and they did it all over the park, Credit to Lee Wallace the skipper and the way he led the team, and the way he speaks to the team.
“It’s about the group. The group are communicating well, and it’s the players who are on the bench as well – the likes of Matt Gilks, Waggy [Martyn Waghorn], Joe Dodoo and Michael O’Halloran – really good players. Liam Burt, Matt Crooks etc. All over the park we had good performances and it’s about the squad.
“Hopefully now the squad are gelling and we can move forward from here.”