Rangers at their best against Killie, says Warburton


Glasgow (AFP) – Rangers manager Mark Warburton hailed his side’s 3-0 Scottish Premiership win over Kilmarnock as their best performance of the season.

The Glasgow giants moved up to second place in the table thanks to goals from Lee Wallace, Andy Halliday and Joe Garner in Saturday’s game.

It was the Ibrox club’s biggest league win of the season and Warburton was delighted by the manner of the victory.

“I thought the first half especially was by far our best performance this season,” the Gers gaffer said.

“We started off really well and with a real statement of intent. We wanted to come out and be dynamic and positive in our decision-making and I thought we were.

“We got the early chances straight away and I think our intention was clear. When we lost the ball, we rushed to get it back quickly and win it high up the park, which we did, and we created a host of chances.

“We knew Lee Clark would look to galvanise Kilmarnock at half-time so we wanted to come out and get our foot on the ball and score the next goal, which we did really early.

“I thought we just controlled the game from there. Maybe the tempo dipped a little bit in the second half, understandably, but we were playing a very good Kilmarnock side who were high in confidence coming here.

“It was a good 90 minutes work and very pleasing afternoon’s work.”

The result left Rangers nine points behind Celtic — who have a game in hand — after a first-half goal from Australian international Tom Rogic helped the Hoops to a 1-0 win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

– Transfer talks –

Rangers are unbeaten in four league games, but have yet to win more than two games in a row this season.

Warburton knows his side need to maintain that level of performance if they are to mount a credible title challenge.

“We’ve always spoken about consistency of performance. We have to maintain that tempo, playing the ball forward and not backward or square and be positive,” the former Brentford boss said.

“But you’ve got to have forward options and today the player on the ball had four or five options every time so it was a pleasing afternoon’s work.

“We go into a well deserved break now and we’ll work hard this week for a tough trip to Ross County.”

Rangers released their annual accounts on Friday, which showed an increased turnover and revealed the club’s losses have been cut in half.

Chairman Dave King pledged to back his manager in the transfer market and Warburton says he is in constant communication with managing director Stewart Robertson and finance director Andrew Dickson about targets.

“The fact is that the communication is really good. We speak to Stewart and Andy every single day,” Warburton said. “We have that constant communication and if you can do that then you’re in a good place.

“What you don’t want is no communication. There’s no doubt about the support we’ve received and I hope the communication both ways remains strong.”

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