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Mark Warburton not worried by past history against South

By Andy Newport

Mark Warburton has not watched any of Rangers' slip-ups from last season - because they are "totally irrelevant" to his rampant side.

The Rangers manager will take his players to Queen of the South on Sunday hoping to become the club's first boss since Bill Struth in 1920 to win his first eight competitive games in charge.

But the trip to Palmerston will bring back plenty of painful memories for the travelling Light Blues faithful.

They lost twice in Dumfries last season, firstly when Ally McCoist was in charge in December just hours after it was leaked he was quitting, then four months later when Stuart McCall had taken over.

However, Warburton has chosen not to view those nightmare upsets against the Doonhamers, or any of the other video nasties showing Rangers' struggles under previous management.

The Englishman said: "Without being rude, last season is totally irrelevant. I don't mean any disrespect but it's not about last season or the year before that. It's about us here and how we do.

"Have I watched the games against Queens from last season back? No. For me there is no need. What am I looking back on? Right now it's about Rangers in the here and now. Our targets are very clear. Why would I look back?

"It's another artificial surface on Sunday, a very good one I understand. At Alloa we dealt very well with it, the same on Wednesday night (against Airdrieonians). We're looking forward to this next game.

"If our mindset is to meet each challenge, we'll be okay. If we plant doubts and look back at last year when we didn't do well against Queen of the South, I don't see what we gain from that.

"I was told we struggled at Alloa (last season). So this weekend is exactly the same scenario. So in a very non-arrogant way, our job is to be about Rangers and to apply ourselves appropriately.

"If we do that, I think we'll be okay. The squad is strong and in good shape. The players are hungry and the level of work ethic and desire is very evident. So we're looking forward to the next game."

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