David Weir calls for perspective after Rangers defeat to Falkirk

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The Gers assistant says they must focus on the big picture after just a third league defeat of the season.

Rangers assistant manager David Weir has told the club's official website that things must be kept in perspective after they suffered just a third league defeat of the season at Falkirk on Friday night.

The Scottish Championship leaders went 2-0 up inside nine minutes against their nearest challengers in the Scottish Championship and held that lead until just 18 minutes to go before a dramatic turnaround saw them collapse and lose 3-2, conceding the winner in the second minute of injury time.

That result saw the gap at the top of the second tier cut to 11 points with seven matches remaining, but Weir insists that there were plenty of positives to take from the match and called for calm and perspective as the Glasgow side look to seal a return to the top flight.

He told the club's official website: "Ultimately, it was disappointing to lose the game, especially on reflection having been so far on top for large parts of it. There were positives within the game, but we have to get back on track now starting on Saturday.

"We’ve watched the game back a few times and had discussions, and there are certain things we could have done better and certain things we need to learn from. That’s part of the process as always, but it’s important too you don’t draw too many conclusions from a 20 minute spell when you look back at the whole season.

"We conceded three goals in 20 minutes while before then we conceded three goals in nine games. While we have to look at it and learn as we have done, I think we also have to look at the big picture and realise we’ve done a lot of things well too. Getting the balance right is important."

The defeat was undoubtedly a setback for the Rangers coaching staff and players, some of who have publicly expressed their aims to get promotion sealed before the Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic next month.

However, it is unlikely to have too damaging an impact on the club's promotion push, with Mark Warburton's side still firmly in the driving seat.

The Gers are 11 points clear of Falkirk and still have a game in hand as they close in on a return to the Scottish Premiership after a four-year absence.

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