MARK WARBURTON insists the occasion didn’t get to his players as they were forced to settle for a point with Hamilton at Ibrox yesterday.
50,000 supporters packed into Ibrox for the clash with the Lanarkshire side, but despite that, Warburton is sure his players weren’t startled by the weight of expectation upon them.
He explained: “It was a very significant game and we said to the players before the game and all week, there was no misunderstanding over the significance of the game.
“It’s been four difficult years, and the club being back in the top flight means so much to so many people at the club. Everyone knew the significance of the game and the atmosphere was magnificent.
“There was a lot to contend with today – they have done that, and now we move on.”
That Rangers got a point is down in part to goalkeeper Wes Foderingham who made a superb save from Massimo Donati just after the Light Blues had equalised through Martyn Waghorn, and Warburton was quick to praise his goalkeeper – even though he admitted he won’t be playing him in Tuesday’s League Cup clash with Peterhead.
He added: “Wes is a first-class keeper, and he’s being pushed now by Matt Gilks. We ask him to do a lot of things, and if you remember this time last year the crowd were nervous at seeing a keeper playing out with his feet.
“But they saw how good he can be as the season progressed, so we are delighted for him, he’s worked so, so hard, and Matt Gilks likewise – he will play on Tuesday night, and we will make sure the whole squad will get some pitch-time over these two games.
“There will be changes, but it is a game we want to win. We would never make any changes for the sake of it – it’s about using the squad and keeping everyone fit for when they are needed.”
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