Mark Warburton: Defeat shows Celtic-Rangers gap '˜narrowing'

Rangers boss Mark Warburton believes the gap between his side and rivals Celtic is '˜narrowing' after their 1-0 loss in the Betfred Cup semi-final.

Mark Warburton's side were beaten by a late Moussa Dembele goal. Picture: Getty

Moussa Dembele netted the game’s only goal three minutes from time to set up an Aberdeen v Celtic final at Hampden next month.

Though Celtic dominated for long stages of the game, as Rangers stopper Matt Gilks made a number of good saves, the defeat still represents improvement on the 5-1 defeat suffered by Rangers at the home of their Glasgow neighbours last month.

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Warburton feels the tight manner of the result illustrates the continued improvement of the Rangers players since that fateful day.

He told BT Sport: “The gap is a lot narrower. Our work in the last few weeks is hopefully there for all to see.

“We were a little bit disappointed with the play in the second half, we went long too often. But that’s the time of thing that happens in a game with a lot of emotion.

“It was an open second half, chances at both ends and unfortunately it went the wrong way. There were a lot of positives to take out of today.”

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