Mark Warburton sends message to Rangers players ahead of run-in

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The Gers boss insists if his players can't enjoy the final few weeks of the season then they shouldn't be playing football.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told reporters that there is no point his players being in football if they are not able to enjoy the final two months of the current season.

The Gers look certain to return to the Scottish Premiership after a four-year absence, as they sit 14 points clear of Friday night's opponents Falkirk with just eight matches remaining in the campaign.

The Glasgow side could even have sealed the Scottish Championship title by the time a cup double-header comes around next month, when they face Peterhead in the Challenge Cup final before a hugely-anticipated Scottish Cup semi-final clash with arch-rivals Celtic.

Warburton warned his side not to expect the run-in to be easy, but insisted that they are in the wrong profession if they cannot enjoy the weeks ahead.

The Ibrox manager told reporters: "There's no easy games, no gimmes in this division, that's for sure [but] there's no doubt the players are enjoying it.

"They're focused, they know the responsibility they have to themselves, to the club and to the supporters. They've got to enjoy it. If you can't enjoy this, don't be in football!

"There's good times and there's tough times so you must enjoy the good times. At the moment we're in a good place, and I want them to get their rewards."

Under Warburton, Rangers have enjoyed a tremendously successful season, losing just three times in 39 matches in all competitions.

Should they beat Falkirk on Friday they will be 17 points clear of the current second-place side with only seven games left in the final weeks of the campaign.

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