Rangers manager Mark Warburton feels his side were below their best for the opening 45 minutes of their 4-3 home win over Queen of the South at Ibrox today.

The victory on home turf has moved Rangers to within two wins of clinching the Scottish Championship title and a spot back at Scottish football's top table, the Premiership.

Both sides went in level at 1-1 at half time, with Rangers striking first through Harry Forrester, before an Iain Russell penalty levelled the game.

The Gers came out quickly in the second half and goals from Michael O'Halloran (46th minute), Andy Halliday (51st minute) and James Tavernier (55th minute) put Warburton's men on the path to victory.

However, Rangers were made to sweat as Queen of the South grabbed two goals and made the scoreline 4-3 before the final whistle was blown.


Warburton feels that his side were not at their best in the first half, but lauded their quick passing game in the second period, which ultimately put paid to the visitors.

The Englishman said on Rangers TV: "We weren’t at our level in the first half.

"There is no point sitting there and saying ‘we are a bit unlucky’, no we weren’t.

"You would rather be honest and say that wasn’t us in the first half, but you saw in the first 15 to 20 minutes of the second half what we are about, what we do well", Warburton continued.

"We moved it one or two touch, don’t take the extra touch, pass and move, play into space and impose yourself on the game.

"We did that and we got the early goal, a quick goal, and followed it up and we had chance after chance after chance.

"But again take your rewards, get your rewards. All the hard work, get the goals on the board but we’ll learn from it again. But most pleasing? We got three big points out of it."

Rangers are next in action against Raith Rovers next Saturday at Stark's Park.