Rangers boss Mark Warburton wants more from his players

Rangers' Nicky Law celebrates scoring his side's third goal
Rangers' Nicky Law celebrates scoring his side's third goal

Mark Warburton may only have been Rangers manager for a few short months but he has proved he is a hard taskmaster and someone who is difficult to please.

It was therefore no surprise that Warburton was far from content following Saturday’s 3-0 win over Livingston at Ibrox – despite the final score.

“It was a good afternoon in terms of we got the three points – but as a group we are unhappy,” he said.

“We had a small inquest in the dressing room despite winning 3-0 at home. We fell way below our standards

“So it was good to have that inquest because maybe more good than bad comes out of those types of meetings and hopefully it sets us up well for the next run of games. It’s good the players are having an inquest – they’re angry and they’re hurting because they want higher standards

“We spoke about out standards, what we do well, how we move the ball, how we take care of possession and how we take chances. We should be patient in possession and we weren’t today – we gave the ball away too many times and we were too sloppy.

“The performance isn’t just the goals – it’s how we move the ball, rotate in midfield, how we keep our shape, and how and where we press them.”

Mark had praise for captain Lee Wallace who scored the opening goal and for Martyn Waghorn, whose goal was his first in open play at Ibrox.

“It was a tremendous strike from Lee. I think he is worried about James Tavernier getting away from him in the goal scoring stakes – they are two full-backs who are keen to get forward and keen to score whilst Martyn is a quality player and he will get better and better.

“He just needs to have a run of games to get fitness and confidence, which we spoke about when he arrived.

“His workrate, his application and his desire to do well for the club is unquestionable.”

Meanwhile substitute Nicky Law was delighted to net his first goal of the season.

“It was something I felt I needed as it seems just about everyone else in the squad has scored a goal so far this season. So I was delighted to get off the mark - and hopefully the goals will start to come again now. I managed to make the run, and you always know that Kenny will put the ball on a plate for you, so it was great play from him, and I managed to put it in the roof of the net and put the game to bed.”