Warburton explains half-time message to Gers players, describes mood in dressing room

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Mark Warburton says his players are angry having lost to Hibernian.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told the club's official website that his squad are angry having lost 2-1 to Hibernian today.

The Gers went in to the game at Easter Road having won each of their 11 games in the Scottish Championship this season, but that run is now over after a defeat to their main title rivals.

Jason Cummings gave Hibs the lead in the first half, but Rangers hit back after the break, with ex-Gers defender Darren McGregor diverted the ball in to his own net from a Lee Wallace shot.

Rangers pushed to win the game, but it was Hibs who claimed all three points as Paul Hanlon swooped to snatch the winning goal.

Rangers' lead at the top of the Scottish Championship table has now been cut to five points after Hibs' victory, but manager Warburton doesn't seem too downbeat.

Speaking to the club's official website after the game, Warburton admitted that he told his squad that they were too tentative going forward in the first half - and added that his players have been angry in the dressing room after the game, with Warburton urging his players to harness that emotion and come out stronger.

"We will play a lot worse than that this season and get three points, and it’s an angry dressing room because the level of performance deserved more than that," said Warburton. "We didn’t really test their goalkeeper [in the first half]. Tentative was the word we used at half time – we went backwards and square a little bit too much, and it’s about decision making and taking care of the football, but at the same time, we have got to penetrate and hurt them and score goals."

"If you went to a tough opponent and a tough venue and delivered a sub-par performance in front of your supporters, you would quite rightly take criticism for that and deserve to get beaten. I thought we came here to a tough venue though, dominated, showed good quality on the ball, good desire and no lack of effort all over the park. We’ll learn from that, and as I say, if we get angry, and learn, we’ll be in good shape," he added.

Rangers now face Alloa at home next weekend, and will need a strong response to get their title bid back on track, with Hibs now piling on the pressure following today's victory.

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