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‘RANGERS NOT GOOD ENOUGH,’ WARBURTON

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MARK WARBURTON’S Rangers were booed off the park following the 1-1 draw against St Johnstone – and the Ibrox boss admitted it was an opportunity missed for his team.
The Govan outfit remain fifth in the Premiership after squandering two points against Tommy Wright’s Perth visitors.
Blair Alston gave the Saints an early lead, but Joe Garner equalised in the 36th minute. A win would have moved the Glasgow side level on points with second-placed Aberdeen and above Hearts, but it was another poor night for Warburton’s side.

He said: “It was an opportunity missed, at home. It was a poor second-half, it wasn’t what we were after. We weren’t good enough after the interval.

“It’s part of playing for Rangers. People ask about the expectations. It’s a demanding crowd because they’re used to success.

“The players have to recognise it’s an expectant crowd – and quite rightly. We have to respect that and learn from that. We know what the crowd wants, they’re magnificent.

“If we can play our game and move the ball quickly, we’ll create chances, but we fell below standards.”

Warburton made a handful of changes to the side that lost to Celtic in the Betfred League Cup semi-final at Hampden and it was the big money summer signing Garner who marked his return to the starting line-up with his second goal for the club.

St Johnstone had chances to clinch a dramatic win and Warburton was left frustrated with a below par showing from his side once again.

He added: “It was a decent first-half. We went down to a very good goal then worked hard to get the goal back. But we weren’t brave getting out and, despite possession stats, we didn’t play the way we wanted to.

“Sunday’s game didn’t affect us. They played Sunday, too, so there are no excuses that way.

“It was an emotionally draining game, but it is part of playing for a club like this, there are no excuses.”

Tommy Wright was pleased to leave Ibrox with something to show for the night’s work.

“It was a good start and an excellent performance,” the St Johnstone manager said. “It’s never easy coming here.

“We’re happy to take a point but we could have taken all three as we had a few good chances in the second half.

“We knew we’d stay above Rangers with a positive result.

“We’re content with the return but there are no prizes given out so we’re not going to get carried away with it.”

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