Rangers boss Mark Warburton on the downside of playing at Ibrox

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The Gers manager has spoken of the pressure of playing at home.

Mark Warburton has claimed the pressure of performing in front of a sold out Ibrox can be a challenge for some of his players.

The Gers boss was complimenting the club’s supporters when he touched upon the difficulty of coping with the weight of expectation – especially given the low average age of his squad.

“People talk about how great it must be to play at Ibrox in front of 50,000 people, but I think it takes quite a strong character to do that." he said, in quotes published by the Herald Scotland.

"Things can wrong and the crowd can exert some pressure because the expectations are so high.

“Gedion Zelalem is 18, Nathan Owduwa is 19, Dominic Ball is 20, Barrie McKay is 20, Ryan Hardie is 18 - these are young guys. Our average age is low so it’s important they can deal with it and enjoy it. That’s got to be the way,” he added.

The Rangers players certainly haven’t let the Ibrox pressure get to them so far this campaign, with Saturday’s last gasp win over Queen of the South the latest in league win streak stretching back to the opening day of the season.

Amongst those players listed by Warburton, two of the youngest – Zelalem and Oduwa – have been the standouts and have not let their flair and creativity become stifled by the pressure-cooker environment of life as an Old Firm player.

The excellent performances of the squad, despite the immense pressure, is testament to Warburton’s man-management skills and his careful recruitment in the transfer market.

Only players with the required profile and temperaments to handle the environment at Rangers have been brought in, and the club are now reaping the rewards.

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