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Mark Warburton stays calm after Rangers stretch lead

Rangers 1 - St Mirren 0

By Ronnie Esplin

Golden touch: Harry Forrester
Golden touch: Harry Forrester

Rangers narrowed their sights on the Ladbrokes Championship with a 1-0 win over St Mirren on Saturday but boss Mark Warburton has only tomorrow and Raith Rovers on his mind.

Harry Forrester's first goal for the Light Blues after 87 minutes took the home side 11 points clear of second-placed Hibernian with 10 games remaining.

After losing 3-2 at Dumbarton, Hibs boss Alan Stubbs conceded that it would be "very very difficult" to go up as champions.

However, Warburton continues to proceed with caution and is planning only for the visit of the Kirkcaldy men.

He said: "Everything we do now is geared towards Raith and Tuesday night. It has to be that way.

"We can't control what goes around us, we can only control what we do and that will be to prepare well and deliver another good performance against another good team.

"If we can do our job one game at a time we will be in a good place, it is as simple as that.

"There is a gap, there is no point denying it.

"It is really good for us but there are 30 points left on the table so we have to go one game at a time.

"If in two or three weeks' time, if we have played five and won five then we are in good shape."

The former Brentford boss was pleased at the way his side kept pushing for a winner on a day when it looked like all the Light Blues' huffing and puffing against a well-organised and disciplined Buddies side would come to nothing.

"We kept on doing the right thing," he said.

"There were some good performances and on another day we would have put two or three away. The reward came late but we will take it."

St Mirren boss Alex Rae, a former Rangers midfielder, was "gutted" for his players after losing a late goal.

"They did everything I asked for them, well-organised and spirited and they put a hell of a shift in."

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