Rangers boss Mark Warburton on the silver lining from Nathan Oduwa's rough treatment

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The talented winger had to endure some heavy-handed tactics from Livingston on Tuesday.

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has identified a silver lining he hopes comes out of the controversy over Nathan Oduwa’s treatment on Tuesday.

The on-loan Spurs youngster was on the receiving end of several heavy challenges and was taken out of the game at half-time to prevent serious damage.

The episode raised the discussion of the protection of players in Scotland and Warburton hopes positive action is taken in the wake of the incident.

“I think sometimes things happen for a reason – there is a positive out of a negative, so to speak,” he told Rangers TV.

“I think for all teams there may be more awareness of certain situations, put it that way.

“Nathan going off at half-time was a negative for us but hopefully, going forward, there is more attention paid to those types of flair players.

“It’s about entertainment, we’re an entertainment industry and it’s about looking after these players,” he added.

Media coverage of the talented youngster’s treatment has been extensive and the pressure to punish the offender the next time a heavy tackle comes in on him will be sizeable.

Whether or not this results in a permanent change to the way matches are officiated remains to be seen, but the Gers will be grateful for some added protection, even if only in the short-term.

Warburton’s men have found it harder to break teams down in recent weeks - with the rest of the division now fully aware of their quality and setting up accordingly - and the amount of possession they enjoy means they need all the protection they can get.

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