Andy Halliday left to rue costly home draw against Morton

Rangers striker Martyn Waghorn heads towards goal
Rangers striker Martyn Waghorn heads towards goal

Andy Halliday was as frustrated as anyone in the 41,816 crowd at Ibrox following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Morton.

The Gers were a goal up after barely 75 seconds thanks to Kenny Miller’s headed opener.

But they were staring at their first home defeat to the Greenock men in 43 years as they allowed Ton to take the lead after Stefan McCluskey’s 83rd-minute strike followed a James Tavanier own goal.

Martyn Waghorn came to the rescue with his 20th goal of the season as he sealed a 2-2 draw just a minute after his team had fallen behind.

Halliday refused to accept the late equaliser as any kind of consolation.

“We’ve still dropped two points. I suppose it did show some good character – but maybe if we showed the same urgency in the previous seventy minutes then we would have won,” he said.

“We’re gutted to be honest – but we have to pick ourselves up. We’re in a title race and I’m sure that’s just a minor blip. If we keep winning we’ll take care of ourselves.

“I’m overawed with the disappointment but we can’t get too down as we need to go again next week. We can’t start as well as we did and then take the foot off the gas. To be honest, I thought that was pretty evident within five or ten minutes that the tempo had dropped dramatically.”

The midfielder did attempt to take a positive outlook on a disappointing day.

“You can only learn by making these mistakes, and that’s something we will have to capitalise on,” he added.

“We’ll play worse and win.”

For Mark Warburton there was a blunt summing-up of his team’s performance.

“There are no excuses – we were poor today,” Warburton said.

“The players would be the first to admit it – they are a really honest group. We were well below our best today and it shouldn’t take the opposition going 2-1 ahead for us to suddenly show energy, purpose and quality.

“We were way below par, sloppy in our possession, sloppy in decision-making, and we didn’t play with the urgency and the tempo that we normally play with. It was a bad day at the office – there were too many loose balls, too many loose touches, too many poor decisions.

“All credit to Morton – they worked so hard and showed quality. We knew the threat they posed and they were very dogged, very resilient and well-organised.”