RANGERS boss Mark Warburton praised veteran keeper Matt Gilks for his brilliant performance in the 1-0 Betfred League Cup semi-final loss to Celtic.
The former Scotland international kept out Celtic for 87 minutes with a string of superb saves before Moussa Dembele netted the winner.
Gilks had played all the knock-out rounds of the tournament and the Ibrox gaffer kept faith in him for the encounter against Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Warburton said: “Matt Gilks did very well. He was asked to fill in for Wes Foderingham and he has been first class. He has a tremendous CV so there were no doubts to throw him in.
“He showed his qualities and I was delighted for him.”
The Ibrox manager added: “We can’t afford to keep looking back at this game now. It’s a natural reaction to sit with your head between your knees, but we have to clear our heads.
“We have to clear it quickly and look forward because it is about getting better every single week in the league.
“I think we have done that. We have to take the positives out of this game – the energy, the dynamism and the quality.
“We have to take that into Wednesday against a very good St Johnstone side.
“We have two home games in a row now and if we can get the results and deliver the performances then the league table will change.”
St Johnstone beat Dundee 2-1 yesterday and the 3 points took them ahead of Rangers in the league with the Ibrox club dropping down to fifth place ahead of the two sides meeting on Wednesday evening.
It will be interesting to see which keeper Mark Warburton starts with for this match.