Rangers boss Mark Warburton stands by defence despite leaks
By Andrew Dickson
Last Updated: 26/03/16 8:31pm
Mark Warburton refused to criticise his Rangers defence despite seeing them concede three goals for the second successive game as they beat Queen of the South 4-3.
The Ibrox side's win, coupled with a surprise 2-1 defeat for Falkirk at home to Livingston, leaves them 14 points clear at the top of the Scottish Championship with a game in hand.
They are now just five points from claiming the title and promotion back to the Premiership after being voted out of the old SPL following administration in 2012.
Rangers could confirm their league success next weekend if they beat Raith and third-placed Hibs - who have three games in hand over Falkirk - fail to win at St Mirren.
While Warburton's team are in a commanding position, the way they conceded goals against Queens was concerning.
Having given up a 2-0 lead at Falkirk and lost 3-2 in their last outing, however, he chose to highlight how well his rearguard had done in previous games instead.
Warburton said: "People go on about the defence but don't forget we conceded two in 10 not long ago.
"At that point, nobody is going: 'Wow your defence is magnificent, you don't have to recruit any more' - we're a team, it's not about the defence. We weren't tight enough from the front.
"We don't concede a goal if we take care of the football but we gave it away. The problems start when you give possession away, when you make a poor decision.
"Rob Kiernan has been outstanding as has Danny Wilson alongside. Tav (James Tavernier) and Lee Wallace - with their contributions going forward and defensively - have been first class."
Harry Forrester's opener for Rangers was cancelled out by Iain Russell's penalty before three goals in 11 minutes from Michael O'Halloran, Andy Halliday and Tavernier put the hosts in control.
But Queen of the South ensured a nervy finish when Gary Oliver and Mark Millar scored, much to the home support's frustration.
Their manager James Fowler said: "I said I was proud of them in the dressing room because it is easy to chuck it when you're 4-1 down."