Mark Warburton’s Glasgow Rangers side celebrated their first game of the season at Ibrox with a 2-0 victory.

Barry McKay scored a stunning opener for Rangers against Annan

Mark Warburton has told Rangers TV (via club’s official website) that his squad should start backing themselves in the way that Barrie McKay did during the club’s 2-0 win over Annan Athletic in the Scottish League Cup.

The League Two side appeared to come to Ibrox looking to frustrate the Light Blues on their home patch as they defended in numbers. And while that strategy worked for the first half-hour of the game, it forced McKay to try his luck from 25 yards. 

McKay in action last season

But as the winger proved on several occasions last season, he is more than capable of finding the back of the net from distance, and did not disappoint this time around either, giving the Gers a lead that they would go on to double 16 minutes from time through Martyn Waghorn to secure their second-consecutive 2-0 win.

And after reflecting upon McKay’s strike, Warburton suggested that the rest of the side have more than enough talent to adopt a similar approach when they are coming up against stubborn teams that are proving difficult to break down.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton

“It was a great strike, and we have to look at that,” he told Rangers TV (via club’s official website).

“If teams are going to sit in deep with 10 men behind the ball, then a strike may do that. The players have to believe in and trust their technique, and we have players with tremendous technique – so test the keeper, follow up on any rebound, and if we do that we will get the goals.”

While many of the clubs that Rangers came up against in last season’s Scottish Championship would have probably looked to sit back and get whatever points they could from the games, Warburton’s men would have still had the quality to create openings.

However, this season promises to be a tougher task for the club following promotion. They are likely to be coming up against well organised opposition so having the confidence to test the goalkeeper from well outside the box will inevitably help them ask different questions, which should boast their chances of enjoying a successful campaign. 

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