Mark Warburton on how Rangers can learn from Brentford after cup exit

The Gers were dumped out of the League Cup by St. Johnstone last night.

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has insisted his side will improve upon last night’s defeat to St. Johnstone and suggested they can follow on from Brentford’s example last season, according to the Herald.

Warburton enjoyed a successful campaign at his previous club, nearly gaining promotion to the Premier League - but also suffered disappointment early in the season.

"…But last season, at my old club, we had one bad half of football early in the season and we referred back to that all season. That could be our first half here," said Warburton, in quotes published by the Herald Scotland.

The Gers found themselves overwhelmed in the first half and St. Johnstone’s directness and energy seemed to catch Warburton’s men off guard. The visitors were two nil up after half an hour, with Saints striker Michael O’Halloran’s pace causing untold problems for the Rangers back four.

Murray Davidson and Simon Lappin got the first two before O’Halloran gave St. Johnstone breathing space.

James Tavernier’s goal in the 62nd minute never looked like being more than a consolation and is evidence of the long journey that still lies ahead for Rangers.

Warburton will expect a response from his players and correcting the shortcomings of the first half would be a wise place to start. Next up for the Gers is a Scottish Championship clash at Morton on Sunday afternoon.

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