Mark Warburton explains why Rangers' attack is just as responsible for recent defensive frailty

The Scottish Championship leaders have conceded nine goals in their last three games.

Mark Warburton has claimed that Rangers' attacking players are just as responsible as the defenders for the club's recent inability to keep goals out, the Evening Times reports.

The Gers have dominated the Scottish Championship for most of the season, but with promotion in sight, they have started to stumble towards the title, winning just one of their last three games.

The major reason why their promotion back to the Scottish Premiership is yet to be confirmed is the fact that they have conceded nine goals in those games, with Raith's three on Saturday meaning that the Light Blues will have to wait until Tuesday to potentially confirm that they are going up.

But after some of his players came in for criticism for their frailties in recent weeks, Warburton insisted that the attacking-minded members of the squad must also shoulder some of the blame.

"We had a great run in terms of our defensive record and the last three games haven't been good enough, that is for sure," he told the Evening Times.

"But it is not about the defenders, it is about us as a team. If we don't give the ball away high up the pitch then we don't have a problem.

"It is about us as a team taking care of the football and when we don't we look an average team. When we take care of the football, we look a very good team."

Part of the club's success this term has come from the fact that they are able to score goals from anywhere, with full-backs James Tavernier and Lee Wallace being among the side's highest scorers. 

However, with that amount of threat going forward, it was almost inevitable that some teams would be able to punish them. And while this recent dip in form will surely do nothing to prevent the club going up as champions, the challenge Warburton now faces is to find the perfect balance between the attacking intent that makes them so ruthless and making sure that they are not vulnerable at the back, before they go up to the top flight. 

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