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Rangers boss Warburton won't stop party

Rangers 2 - Raith Rovers 0

Mark Warburton insists the Rangers support have every right to start their title celebrations early - but he is still refusing to get carried away after another Hibs slip-up.

Gers beat Raith Rovers 2-0 at Ibrox to extend their Scottish Championship lead to 14 points after Alan Stubbs' outfit crashed to their third straight defeat at Queen of the South.

With just nine games to play, the leaders need five more wins to wrap up promotion, with the home clash against Dumbarton on April 5 provisionally booked in for the title party should the gap remain as it is.

The home fans lapped up the news from Palmerston - where on-loan Light Blues midfielder Andy Murdoch struck the decisive blow - by chanting: "Stand up for the champions."

But after watching goals from Harry Forrester and skipper Lee Wallace see off Rovers, Warburton said: "This doesn't change my thinking (on the title race).

"The fans have been through a lot over the last four years so you can understand their desire to see Rangers back in the top league, but there is still nine game to go and still a lot of points to play for. It's still one game at a time."

Forrester swept home a fine opener after 27 minutes after finding space with some clever footwork on the edge of the box, while Wallace drilled the second past Rovers keeper Kevin Cuthbert six minutes after half-time.

RANGERS: Foderingham, Tavernier, Kiernan, Wilson, Wallace, Holt (Burt 82), Halliday (Ball 82), Forrester (Shiels 61), O'Halloran, King, Clark.

Goals: Forrester 27, Wallace 51.

Subs not used: Bell, Law, Miller, McKay.

RAITH ROVERS: Cuthbert, Thomson, Barr, Toshney, McKeown, Anderson (Connolly 70), Craigen, Davidson, Matthews (Thomas 61), McCord (Robertson 55), Panayiotou.

Subs not used: Callachan, Ford, Court, Law.

Man of the match: Forrester

Match rating: 7/10

Referee: Craig Charleston.

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