Warburton comments on his half-time message to Rangers players against Hibernian

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Mark Warburton has reacted after his Rangers side beat Hibernian 6-2 earlier today.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told the club's official website that he was disappointed with his side's first half display against Hibernian.

Warburton's first competitive match as Rangers boss ended in a 6-2 victory, but it didn't get off to the best of starts as Hibs took the lead through Sam Stanton.

Yet once James Tavernier had whipped a sublime free kick into the top corner, Rangers seized control of the game, as two goals each from Martyn Waghorn and Kenny Miller and an Andy Halliday screamer gave Warburton a victory in the Petrofac Training Cup.

Rangers' new era under Warburton started in style, but the recently-appointed manager has told the club's official website that he was far from pleased with the first half display - and had to reinforce to his squad that they should be playing fluid football on the deck.

"We know how good this squad of players can be but we didn't pass the ball, we didn't take care of the football, didn't dominate the football, runners came off of us, we were hesitant, slow decision making and it wasn't us," said Warburton. "We've trained to a lot higher standard than that."

"So we could have been two down quite easily but football being football we get the break with a great free kick and then the first bit of football I thought we played in the game was in the 43rd minute and the second goal. That was important and that was the message at half time. When we do do what we do well we will be in good shape, and second half the subs made a difference and it is about the squad," he added.

A glimpse of the future

Rangers' emphatic victory gave Warburton a great start, but it also gave supporters a glimpse of what is to come under their new manager.

Some of the football Rangers played after getting back on level terms was exceptional, particularly in the build up to the second goal, as Warburton's methods came to the fore at Easter Road.

Factor in that new signings Tavernier, Waghorn and Halliday all found the back of the net, and you begin to see that this new era for Rangers could be a very bright one.

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