MARK WARBURTON has hit back at claims from chairman Dave King that Rangers weren’t as competitive as he expected.
The Ibrox boss declared himself satisfied in second spot after substitute Joe Dodoo’s late double in the 2-1 win over Partick Thistle at Firhill pushed his team above Aberdeen in the table.

At Friday’s AGM, King admitted he was disappointed to find Rangers so far behind runaway leaders Celtic, heading for their sixth successive title, and said: “I did expect us to be more competitive. img_2646.jpg

“I would have liked us to be a strong second at this time whereas we are still fighting for second.”

But when asked about King’s comments yesterday, Warburton said: “We’re in second tonight, aren’t we?

“The chairman was good, very good to us, we had a good conversation. His comments were very supportive.

“He’ll support us in the windows as he has done, his communication is very good. And we sit second. so we’re not doing too badly.”

Warburton, though, had mixed emotions after his side dodged a bullet in Maryhill with Dodoo’s stoppage-time winner – the club’s second successive win in such a manner after the 1-0 victory over Dundee the previous week.

He said: “You can admire the work ethic and the desire. but we were disappointing in the first-half.

“We gave it away too cheaply, it was too open in midfield, we dropped deep and allowed them to take the ball and turn.unspecified-2

“But when we got moving through the thirds in the second-half we looked a good side.

“We have to find solutions if there’s a problem and all credit to the players for keeping working to the end.

“Harry Forrester should have had a nailed-on penalty, but we must take our chances.”

Rangers now face a midweek trip to Tynecastle to face Hearts, 3-0 winners over Motherwell, before hosting Aberdeen and then Robbie Neilson’s men again.

Warburton added: “There was no point in us looking at Hearts before we played Thistle, no point looking at Aberdeen before Wednesday night. Get it right one game at a time.”

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