Rangers boss Warburton explains his message following Hibs loss

Rangers lost their first Championship game of the season to Hibs.

Rangers fell to their first league defeat of the season after losing 2-1 to Hibs, and Mark Warburton has told the Daily Record the message he now has to give to his players.

Warburton said: “My message to the players is we’re only five points clear now. But without sounding arrogant, if you’d said at the start of the season we’d play 12 and lose one and that we’d have 33 points and be five points clear at the top, we would have taken it.”

Rangers lost the game to Hibs, which not only inflicted their first defeat on them, but also allowed Hibs to close the gap at the top of the table to five points.

The Gers now do not look as certain of their promotion as they did last week, but Warburton has still led them to an excellent record of 11 wins from 12 games in the Scottish Championship.

This is the message that Warburton wants to impose upon his players, ensuring they keep their focus, even if they have started the campaign in incredible form.

No one would have suggested that Rangers would be on just one loss from 12 games, and that kind of record would have been accepted at the beginning of the campaign, even if the gap between first and second is now just five points.

As long as Rangers can keep up the form they showed prior to losing to Hibs, they should face no trouble in keeping, and likely extending, their lead over their promotion rivals in the coming weeks.

Rangers are still favourites for promotion, and their form this season deserves it, but Warburton needs to ensure his players do not lose their focus over the coming months.

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