Rangers 2-1 Queen of the South: Mark Warburton praises hard work

Jason Holt scores for Rangers against Queen of the South
Jason Holt equalised for Rangers in their 2-1 win over Queen of the South

Manager Mark Warburton stressed there is no "fluke" in the way Rangers have achieved 10 Scottish Championship wins out of 10.

The Ibrox side's perfect league record was preserved by Martyn Waghorn's late winner against Queen of the South.

Before kick-off, Warburton took time to highlight the "tremendous" appointment of Frank McParland as head of recruitment.

"I have no doubt the difference he will make," Warburton told BBC Scotland.

"You live and die by the quality of your recruitment. There are not many more experienced than Frank, who has a proven track record.

"He knows the type of players [assistant] David Weir and I want here - the characteristics we want on and off the pitch - and we trust his judgment 100%. He's a tremendous addition."

McParland, 56, has previously held scouting and administrative roles at Liverpool, Burnley and Brentford, from whom Warburton and Weir joined Rangers.

Frank McParland
McParland will lead Rangers' recruitment

The Ibrox boss confirmed there could be new arrivals in January when outlining McParland's chief task.

"It'll be players, players, players," said Warburton, 53. "We have a good squad and we're not going to chop and change for change's sake.

"It might just be one or two additions at the most. His job is to plan now for January and for next summer as well."

As for the late win against the Doonhamers at Ibrox, Warburton was pleased his side persisted with the game plan and did not get desperate, despite pressure from the 44,000-strong home crowd.

Derek Lyle had put Queens in front in the first half prior to Jason Holt's equaliser then, in a frantic last two minutes, Waghorn had a penalty saved by Robbie Thomson before heading in 60 seconds later for his 15th goal of the season.

"Delighted that we stuck to our guns," said Warburton. "We were patient and we kept doing what was right for us and we kept moving the ball.

Rangers' Martyn Waghorn has a penalty saved in the 2-1 win over Queen of the South
Waghorn had his penalty saved by Robbie Thomson but had the last word with a headed winner

"To get the penalty late in the game and miss it, then have that reaction shows a lot of character.

"Waggy's a player of undoubted talent; great application, work-rate and commitment but he needed to play games of football. A lot of young players need to get a run of games under their belt and Martyn's benefiting from that now and so are we.

"Ten victories in a row is a great achievement by the players. They're focused and committed and working hard every day - it doesn't happen by fluke."

Queen of the South manager James Fowler praised Thomson for a fine performance throughout the match.

"Robbie's been growing into the role after coming in in the summer and getting used to the players around him," he told BBC Scotland.

"He made some excellent saves and hopefully that will do his confidence the world of good.

"When the penalty was saved we maybe thought it was going to be our afternoon but we knew there was time left and obviously we were on the ropes a little bit.

"We made a lot of changes and had a really young team and sometimes that affects your concentration a little bit with people knowing their jobs.

"We maybe switched off at the short corner. But I'm really proud of the players and they showed quality at times."

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