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Mark Warburton stresses the importance of being patient for Rangers

Rangers scrapped past Livingston 1-0 in their latest outing.

Mark Warburton has told the Glasgow Evening Times that his Rangers team need to realise the importance of being patient this season, as teams are content to sit back against them.

Rangers beat Livingston 1-0 in the Petrofac Training Cup last night, but it took them 75 minutes to make the breakthrough, when Nicky Clark struck. 

It caused frustration for the Light Blues, but Warburton believes that his side need to appreciate that there will be more matches which follow a similar pattern throughout the season. 

"It was a frustrating evening for a variety of reasons," he said. "We were patient and we got the rewards.

"We had to be patient and show some guile and cleverness in the final third and break them down.

“We didn't quite do that for the first hour, but we won it thanks to a fine strike from Nicky Clark and we have got to recognise that we have got to be patient because teams are going to come here and put eight or nine players behind the ball.”

Rangers dominated possession in the fixture, and they had the bulk of the opportunities, but breaking down Livingston proved to be a tough task.

However, Warburton will be pleased to have successfully got through to the semi-final, where they will meet St. Mirren.

The win continues Rangers' excellent run of results, with Warburton boasting a very impressive record since he took charge at Ibrox.

The former Brentford boss has now won all but one of his first 16 fixtures in charge of the Gers, with the side looking like certainties to achieve promotion from the Scottish Championship. 

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