Rangers manager Mark Warburton has stressed that his squad will use the negativity surrounding their heavy defeat against Celtic to come back with vigour this season.

The Glasgow giants suffered a humbling 5-1 defeat on Saturday at the hands of their city rivals Celtic, who showed their title credentials and maintained their firm grip at the top of the Premiership table.

Coming into the season, Rangers were talking about challenging Celtic’s dominance in Scottish football, but were firmly brought down to the ground by Brendan Rodgers’ men.

Warburton’s men have been coping with some heavy criticism since Saturday, and the Rangers boss admits that he has taken note of the negative things being said about his team.

He is confident that his side will bounce back from the heavy defeat, and improve over the course of the season; Warburton admits that his players are determined to make their critics eat humble pie this season.  


On the negativity, the Englishman told Rangers TV: “I’ve read some of the comments.

“I told the players that I was warned not to read the papers, but I thought no, I will read the papers, and you see some of the poisonous, mischievous dialogue that is written, and that just burns in your memory and that is something we will use.

“We need to turn it round and we will turn it around quickly, and while I won’t use the exact words I used with the players, we will make sure the people who are writing what they are writing right now come to eat those words.

“Right now, we have got to bite our tongue.

"As a Rangers fan, player or staff member, whatever it may be, right now we eat humble pie, as the fact is we lost 5-1 on Saturday, but that will live in the memory in terms of what’s been said and we will certainly utilise that going forward.”

Rangers are next in action on Saturday when they play host to Ross County at Ibrox.