RANGERS boss Mark Warburton has hailed his team’s 3-0 win over Kilmarnock at Ibrox yesterday to make it advantage to the Ibrox side in the race for second in this season’s Premiership.
Goals from Lee Wallace, Andy Halliday (penalty) and Joe Garner handed his side three points to push them into second place in the Premiership, nine points behind out of sight Celtic who also have a game in hand.
t would take a remarkable collapse from the Parkhead side to see any of the four challengers for second spot, to top the league. Rangers,Hearts, St Johnstone and Aberdeen are all with one point of each other in what looks like being an exciting tussle in the weeks and months ahead.
Warburton said: “In the first-half, in particular, it was our best performance of the season so far. It was a good 90 minutes’ work.
“We wanted to be dynamic and positive in our decision making. We got early chances and it was a very pleasing display.“We controlled the game. Maybe the tempo dipped a bit in the second-half, but that was understandable against a good Kilmarnock side.
“It was a very good performance from us. Now the lads have to maintain that level.
“We’ve spoken about consistency and we must maintain that tempo, playing the ball forward, not backwards or square.
“We’ll get a well-deserved break now before playing Ross County next week.”
Warburton also applauded the efforts of winger Michael O’Halloran. He said: “Michael’s been very good. People always watch players on the ball, but he worked really hard off it, as well.
“He has some fantastic attributes. He’s direct and really purposeful on the ball. He’s been patient to get a chance, but did well.”
Warburton has also tipped left-back and captain Wallace to star for Scotland against England at Wembley next month.
Gordon Strachan will be with the injured duo of Celtic’s Kieran Tierney and Hull City’s Andy Robertson when he names his squad on Wednesday for the World Cup qualifier.
The Ibrox gaffer added: “I would have no doubts about Lee playing for Scotland.
“He’s a top-class professional and outstanding captain of our club. So, I would never have any worries about Lee.”