Mark Warburton blasts Rangers for ‘sloppy’ play

Mark Warburton suffered his first defeat as Rangers manager. Picture: PA

Mark Warburton suffered his first defeat as Rangers manager. Picture: PA

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RANGERS manager Mark Warburton criticised his players for a “sloppy” first-half performance as his 100 per cent winning record in the job was shattered by St Johnstone at Ibrox.

The Perth side took full advantage of defensive frailty from Rangers to take a 2-0 interval lead in the League Cup third round tie, eventually winning 3-1.

“We were sloppy in the first half, simple as that,” said Warburton. “All credit to St Johnstone, their plan was to sit in and counter, but we have to learn from that first half.

“We knew what we wanted to do to stop the counter and we didn’t do it. One ball and bit of pace beats us for the third goal and that can’t happen. The players know that. I’m disappointed, but we will be better for tonight.”

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright praised his side. “It was a great way to win a cup tie, to come and put in a performance like we did,” he said. “We fully deserved it, defended well and managed all aspects of the game well.”

Premiership side Motherwell were knocked out by Morton in a game marred by crowd trouble.

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