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Warburton issues strong challenge to Rangers in promotion push

Rangers are on the brink of promotion to the Scottish Premiership.

Mark Warburton says he wants his Rangers side to win promotion in style rather than limping over the line as their return to the top-flight draws ever closer, the Evening Times reports.

Gers currently top the first division by 14 points and could earn promotion as early as this Saturday if they defeat Raith Rovers away and Hibernian fails to beat St. Mirren on the same day.

Even with a string of defeats, Rangers’ current tally of 75 points could be enough to win them the title and ensuing promotion in the coming weeks should Hibernian slip up along the way.

But Warburton stresses he doesn’t want his side to stumble over the line, instead issuing a challenge to his players to get the job done with style as the club have plenty left to play for.

“Saturday’s an enormous game for us, tough place to go and there will be a big away support I hope. We have to go there prepared well, trained well and look forward to delivering that level of performance that secures the three points,” Warburton explained.

“We can, obviously, in terms of the players are aware we are on 75 points, two more points 81 does it, but we don’t want to limp over the line. We want to cruise over the line and deliver the performances.”

Rangers have been superb in their quest for promotion under Mark Warburton this season, yet there is still the possibility of completing their season with the added bonus of a cup victory.

The Ibrox club face Peterhead in the Challenge Cup final the following weekend, while the small matter of a Scottish Cup semi-final showdown with Celtic awaits them in mid-April too.

Rangers are heavy favourites to complete a league and cup double, while getting past Old Firm rivals Celtic could bring further joy as Hibernian and Dundee United contest the other Scottish Cup semi-final.

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