SHELL-SHOCKED Mark Warburton had no excuses for his side’s 2-0 defeat from Leeds United at the City Ground.
The former Ibrox boss was left puzzled after goals from Kemar Roofe and Ezgjan Alioski condemned his team to their first home defeat of the season.
Warburton admitted: “There were no positives and we were below par all over the pitch.
“We were loose, we were sloppy, lacked an intensity and we looked heavy-legged. That is no excuse. As a team, we were below par.
“We had been in good shape, we had got better with every game, showed good quality and there was an incisiveness to our play, so it shocked me.
“It was unlike us because we move the ball quickly and we have so much quality as a group, but that wasn’t there, for whatever reason.
“We didn’t deserve to win this game of football.
“Sometimes you can have an off day and you can look too hard at it, but the simple thing was that we weren’t at it.
“Leeds were organised and a disciplined team, but we didn’t test their goalkeeper. We conceded the first goal after a poor 25 minutes of play and to have their striker surrounded by four or five of our defenders and score, it summed us up in the first-half.
“We expected a reaction as a group, but it didn’t really come on this occasion. We huffed and puffed, but never really looked like getting anything out of the game.”
Meanwhile Warburton has had a £750,000 bid to sign John McGinn from Hibs rejected by the Easter Road club. With the transfer window closing on Thursday the former Rangers manager could be set to test the resolve of the Easter Road club by increasing the offer to £1million.
Celtic have also been these monitoring developments as Brendan Rodgers is a fan of the young Hibs midfielder who is currently with the Scotland squad for the two crucial World Cup qualifiers.