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WARBURTON BLASTS BACK AT CRITICS

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UNDER PRESSURE Rangers boss Mark Warburton insists his players were fired up to beat Aberdeen yesterday following the stinging criticism that had come their way since the 2-0 flop against Hearts in midweek.

The Ibrox gaffer also appeared to have a pop at former Celtic players Chris Sutton and John Hartson, who slammed his team after their awful performance at Tynecastle.
Warburton refused to name them, but was delighted with his players’ response as they overcame the Dons 2-1.

He said: “The players were more than irked by comments made about them.

“It was the comments questioning their battling qualities and desire. Irked is a polite way of putting it.

“But they responded really well. They answered a lot of questions. A lot of nonsense has been written about them.

“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t irked, too. Everyone would be.”

Warburton added: “We battled against a good team and merited the win.

“That’s 31 unbeaten at Ibrox, the best record since 2001.”

Clint Hill saw red late on for two fouls on James Maddison, but the Govan gaffer said: “For the second one, Clint didn’t touch him – no contact was made. So he’s frustrated.”img_2647.jpg

The Pittodrie side also had Ryan Jack dismissed as they lost in Glasgow for the second time in a week – and they continued their miserable record at Ibrox where they haven’t won in 25 years.
Informed rumours that Alex McLeish is being lined up by Dave King as a replacement for Warburton should the Ibrox Chairman decide it’s time for a change, has gained momentum over the past few days after the poor performance in midweek at Tynecastle.
Yesterday’s victory will certainly relieve the pressure on the former City Trader who welcomes Hearts to Ibrox in midweek for another league encounter.
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