Mark Warburton has urged Rangers not to lose focus in the league after his side drew Celtic in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.

The Gers, who are currently 12 points clear at the top of the Scottish Championship table, beat Dundee 4-0 in the Scottish Cup at the weekend to set up a semi-final date with Celtic at Hampden on 16th April.

Rangers are en route to returning to the Scottish Premiership for the first time since they had to start life in fourth tier after their liquidation in 2012.

And Warburton, who insisted that Rangers’ main aim at the start of the season was to do well in the league and not to win a cup, wants his charges to give their best in the Scottish Championship fixtures between now and the Old Firm derby.

“If we go into that game [against Celtic] and we do really well and we win that game of football and get into the final, it will be fantastic”, he said in his pre-Greenock Morton press conference yesterday.


“But if we fail between now and then, we’ll have a very poor season. It’s as simple as that, our aims are very clear.

“Our aim at the start of the season was not to go out and win a cup final, of course go as far as you can in the tournament, but our aim was clearly about the league.

“We can’t lose focus, everything is geared towards Morton, everything.

“Get that three points on the board on Friday, extend that lead and then give everything towards Falkirk the following Friday.

“That’s how we work and it won’t change, if we do change it will be a week before [the Old Firm derby.]”

Rangers are currently in a rich vein of form, with the Ibrox outfit winning 12 of their last 14 games in all competitions, while drawing twice.