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Rangers are not leagues apart, says Mark Warburton

Rangers 0-0 Klimarnock

Published 08/02/2016

Calling shots: Mark Warburton
Calling shots: Mark Warburton

Mark Warburton insists Rangers do not need the confidence from a good cup display against Premiership side Kilmarnock.

The Championship leaders lost 3-1 at home to St Johnstone in their League Cup clash at Ibrox in September but lessons had been learned despite their William Hill Scottish Cup fifth-round tie against Killie at Ibrox ending goalless - the Gers failed to score for the first time since Warburton took over.

The Light Blues had the upper hand and both James Tavernier and Danny Wilson hit the woodwork, before Rugby Park substitute Kallum Higginbotham was shown a straight red card late on for a challenge on Tavernier.

Kilmarnock - who had former Gers player Lee McCulloch in temporary charge with Ally McCoist linked to the hotseat - will host the replay next Tuesday.

Asked what the performance might do for his side's confidence, Warburton said: "There was never any lack of confidence about playing a top-flight team.

"The gap is not as it is down south because of the financial climate (down there).

"The gap is far closer and we showed that. Overall I thought we looked very good."

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