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Worst Rangers display I've seen, admits Mark Warburton

Hearts 4-1 Rangers

By Andy Newport

Rangers manager Mark Warburton savaged his side's shambolic display against Hearts after admitting it was the worst of his Ibrox reign.

The Light Blues boss was left dumbstruck as Ian Cathro's relentless Jambos ran amok at Tynecastle in a devastating 4-1 win to leave Rangers 25 points behind leaders Celtic.

Gers could have been facing up to a repeat of September's five-goal Old Firm humiliation had it not been for keeper Wes Foderingham's late heroics.

And Warburton admitted his team only had themselves to blame.

The Englishman said: "We've just lost 4-1. We're Rangers Football Club, we don't lose 4-1. We did tonight and I feel frustrated, absolutely.

"We weren't good enough second half. On Saturday against Motherwell, it was as good as we've played in 18 months.

"Tonight, second half was as bad as we've played in 18 months if not the worst."

Gers allowed Krystian Nowak to head the hosts ahead after just four minutes and while Emerson Hyndman - the only outfielder in blue to get pass marks - volleyed them level after 36 minutes, the Glasgow side fell apart after the break.

Jamie Walker smashed home Hearts' second after Andy Halliday's slip four minutes into the second period before grabbing another after Don Cowie had tapped home the third.

Warburton - whose side also lost on their last visit to Gorgie back in November - added: "We win together and we lose together but that was way below the levels of Rangers Football Club.

"We gave away schoolboy errors at the start of each half. We have to be better than that."

Rookie Hearts boss Cathro said: "What impressed me most about the performance was that it lasted for 90 minutes. That's important."

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