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1st May, 2017 | 4:03pm

Kris Boyd: Rangers were a far better team under Mark Warburton

By Harvey Byrne

Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd has told how the current team were a far better outfit earlier in the season, when Mark Warburton was the club’s manager.

The Gers won promotion back to the Premiership in the summer after suffering demotion in 2012.

Many had had hopes that they could reclaim their position as the competitors to fierce rivals Celtic at the top of the Scottish football pyramid.

However, it soon became apparent that the Hoops were somewhat ahead of the rest in Scotland as they were able to establish their dominance in the Gers’ absence.

But, Rangers have still managed to regress since the turn of the year and as they entered the winter break with a 2-1 defeat against Celtic they were still sat in a commendable second place and just 19 points behind Brendan Rodgers’ men with Warburton in charge.

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Now, they are sat in third place and 36 points off Celtic and Boyd has agreed with the stats, stating that Rangers were dominating matches earlier in the campaign and now the fear factor has gone.

“The gap is getting even wider. When you do something mid-season you usually get a reaction from the players. I haven’t seen any,” told Boyd, as quoted by the BBC Sport website.

“I know there’s not been a transfer window but you can always judge what a manager gets out of players in that short period of time.

“Rangers were a far better team earlier in the season. They weren’t taking chances but they were dominating games.

“They were difficult games to play against Rangers whereas now it’s just like playing against anyone else. The fear factor is not there.

“Scottish football needs a strong Rangers, even for the national team because they can make players better for the country.

“You just want to have a team out there who can challenge Celtic at least. But it’s a million miles away.”

Warburton ended up losing his job in charge of Rangers in  February with reports surfacing that he wanted the Nottingham Forest job, where he is currently the manager.

The Ibrox giants have since appointed Pedro Caixinha, but he has led the Gers to just three victories in seven matches in all competitions.

The club will be hoping for more success in the next campaign after the Portuguese has a summer to build his own team at the famous Glasgow club.

In other Rangers news, Andy Walker has slammed the Gers for their absurd beliefs.

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