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Mark Warburton on what he learned about his Rangers team this weekend

The Gers earned a narrow 2-1 victory over Queen of the South at Ibrox on Saturday.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has suggested his side’s late victory over Queen on the South was when their hunger to succeed became clear to him.

The Gers overturned a Derek Lyle goal to snatch a 2-1 win in the dying embers of the game, and when asked at a presser – broadcast on Rangers TV on Monday – whether he had learned anything about his team, he replied:

“Yeah there’s a real hunger. As a manager you’re always thinking ‘can they retain the focus?’ Because when you talk about nine or ten wins in a row – you’ve got to maintain concentration and hunger and desire.

“On the weekend, you saw the reaction to the goal – the goal went in, great, but it’s the reaction from the players that tells you a lot.”

Hunger is one component of Warburton’s team that hadn’t looked to be in short supply, given their start to the season, but the comments suggest a slither of doubt may have entered the former Brentford manager’s mind in recent weeks.

The Gers started the season in storming fashion but their performances have been less dominant in the last few matches, despite the fact they have kept up their 100% win record.

Warburton has set standards extremely high at Ibrox and with good reason - given the quality of their squad in comparison to their Championship rivals – and it’s his relentless attitude that will ensure they don’t dip below them for too long.

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