Mark Warburton shares the message which inspired Rangers

Mark Warburton's Rangers won promotion from the Scottish Championship into the Scottish Premiership on Tuesday.

Manager Mark Warburton has revealed to Rangers TV that his team's promotion-winning season was inspired by these four simple words back in August: "Let's smash the Championship".

Rangers confirmed their promotion back into the Scottish Premiership on Tuesday night as James Tavernier's second-half strike was enough to beat Dumbarton at Ibrox.

Returning to the Scottish top flight after a four-year absence has looked on the cards for some time, with Warburton's boys an astonishing 17 points clear of second-placed Falkirk after winning 25, drawing four and losing three of their 32 league games.

Warburton was appointed last summer after interim boss Stuart McCall was overlooked following the club's demoralising 6-1 promotion playoff defeat to Motherwell, and the 53-year-old reveals that 'smashing' the Championship was always on the agenda for him this season.

“Now the club is back in the top flight I’m delighted for the fans and secondly for the players who had a very clear agenda and target," he told Rangers TV. “Right at the very start we sat as a group of players and staff and said let’s smash the Championship.

“That was the aim and we used those words. That hasn’t come out until now but that’s the term that we used because we wanted to win it and win it convincingly and have momentum into season 16/17.

“Credit to the players for winning it with that weight of expectation and to deliver in the manner that they have.”


Indeed, it is a job very well done for Warburton, along with his playing and coaching staff, all of whom now turn their attention to a huge Scottish Cup semi-final with Celtic on April 17.


Victory might well make Hoops fans worried about what Warburton and co can achieve next term.

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