MARK WARBURTON expressed his disappointment after the 2-1 defeat against Celtic – and insisted there were “fine margins” that decided the game.

The Hoops came back from a goal down to end Rangers’ unbeaten run at home this season while extending their lead at the top of the Premiership to 19 points with a game in hand.

The Ibrox boss said: “We lost a game of football and we lost our record at home, which is more than disappointing.

“In the first half-hour, I thought we were good. We came out the blocks, got on the front foot and we got the early goal, which was pleasing, and we should have had a second.

“Celtic’s first was a soft goal to give away, undoubtedly, but we finished the half strongly.

“We were happy at half-time. Then I thought in the first 15 minutes of the second-half we were poor.

“Celtic had chances and dominated possession, but we were poor at keeping the ball. As the game went on, we had four or five very good chances. 

“Wes Foderingham made some saves for us , they’ve hit the post and then from our own point of view we had some very good chances. 

“It’s about the fine margins and taking your chances when they come along. We’ll get there.”

The result leaves Celtic unbeaten domestically and out of sight at the top of the table. Warburton, though, refused to comment on the gap, saying his concern was qualifying for Europe and simply finishing as high as possible in the league.

He added: “I’m not worried about that – my focus is Rangers. 

“We want to finish as high as we possibly can and get European football. So, I’m not worried about that. Not in a disrespectful way, my focus is on Rangers.

“I’m not going to sit and say: ‘Great, we got a lot closer’. We lost a game of football. The first-half, especially, it was a very pleasing performance and I thought, individually, Barrie McKay was outstanding.

“They’ve got very good individuals. I thought Sinclair was always dangerous, but Barrie was equally as good, so we’re making progress.”


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