FORMER Rangers boss Mark Warburton was celebrating at the weekend – 24 hours before his old side’s Scottish Cup exit.
The Englishman, who left Ibrox in controversial circumstances in February, was delighted his Nottingham Forest players accepted his challenge in the 3-2 win over Reading.
Warburton asked his relegation-threatened group to stand up and be counted – and was satisfied with the response.
He said: “We just told them what we had to do. Our desire to remain a Championship club had to be greater than their desire to win promotion.
“It was as simple as that. Every one-v-one, every challenge, try to win it.
“Have quality in your passing, look to penetrate – there is no lack of desire in that dressing room, but we have let ourselves down as a group at times.
“Against Derby, Preston and Huddersfield, we have shown some really good quality, but not always got the right results.
“In Cardiff, we deserved to get points out of the game and we did not. That is the nature of football.
“But on this occasion we deserved our victory – and we got it.”