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Warburton pleased with ‘professional display’

MARK Warburton was pleased with the total commitment shown by his players in Wednesday evening’s final-day fixture against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.

Rangers held the Baggies, who won automatic promotion back to the Premier League on the night, to a 2-2 draw.

A young R’s team impressed in attack in the west midlands, with Ryan Manning and Ebere Eze both scoring their second goals in as many matches either side of half-time.

Grady Diangana and Callum Robinson found the net for the Baggies and manager Warburton was pleased with large parts of his team's performance over the course of the 90 minutes.

"Our performance was key for us," said Warburton, whose starting XI had an average age of 24.

"It was a professional, disciplined display with a desire to show how good this young team is. We were poor at the start, then we got the goal, looked good, then we were poor and then we got the goal again to make it 2-2. It was that type of game.

"We came here absolutely focused on maintaining the integrity of the Championship. It was vitally important we came here tonight and showed total commitment."

Both of Rangers' goals came from outside of the penalty area and the second, which flew into the top corner via the boot of Supporters' Player of the Year Ebere Eze, was particularly eye catching. 

Warburton said: "It was so good. We were our own worst enemies in the first 15 minutes of the second half. But the moment we opened them up and hit that quality on the diagonal we were in. It was a great first touch and finish from an outstanding player."

Rangers finish the season in 14th position in the Sky Bet Championship, though they will rise to 13th once Wigan Athletic are hit with a 12-point deduction for falling into administration. 

The boss said: "We’re disappointed because I felt we could have finished in the top 10 and up with a bit more belief. It’s a learning curve for a lot of young players, the squad has had a major overhaul and the guys have really stepped up.

"The season has many positives but we have to keep learning. I hope the boys come back focused and ready to drive on."

We came here absolutely focused on maintaining the integrity of the Championship.

Mark Warburton
The gaffer offers his team some early encouragement at The Hawthorns