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Warburton says there's room for improvement in spite of win

Rangers 2 Aberdeen 1

By Gavin McCafferty

Rangers manager Mark Warburton will aim to marry the commitment of their winning performance against Aberdeen with the possession game he normally demands during next week's rematch with Hearts.

Rangers bounced back from their lacklustre defeat at Tynecastle with a 2-1 victory over the Dons at Ibrox to seal their first points against their top four rivals in the Premiership and move back into second place.

Rangers dug out the win after Kenny Miller converted Joe Garner's deflected cross, while Lee Hodson lashed home the second with 20 minutes left and a home victory was never much in doubt as Andrew Considine did not pull a goal back until the closing seconds.

Warburton said: "I don't think we controlled the football. The stats will probably show we had 55% of the ball or something.

"But we did what we had to do, we battled and we stepped on. And they are a very good team, but I felt we deserved to win the game.

"It's another big game next week. We have to recognise that we can get better from that game because we didn't control the football as much as we wanted to.

"But at the same time, if going long meets the press and we can pick up second balls, then we will do it."

Rangers defender Clint Hill was sent off in stoppage time after being twice booked for fouls on James Maddison and he admitted he had got carried away by the atmosphere from the 50,003 crowd.

"It was magnificent," he said. "I've never played in an atmosphere like that before - it was electric from the start. The crowd really responded to our play and they gave us that lift when we needed it.

"I probably slightly got carried away myself, and I am a bit gutted I got sent off, I feel like I have let the lads down."

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