Rangers V Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium : Match Preview

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02 December 2016
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Boss Mark Warburton wants Rangers to learn from their mistakes quickly

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has told his players to learn quickly from their defeat by Hearts - but he dismissed concerns over their form against last season's top three Ladbrokes Premiership teams.

Warburton's side have now lost against Celtic, Aberdeen and Hearts this season and have a pressing need to improve that form ahead of consecutive visits from the latter two.

But the Englishman put Wednesday's 2-0 loss at Tynecastle down to a "bad day at the office" and backed his players to bounce back against the Dons on Saturday.

"I hear this but then Hearts were losing 3-1 to Hamilton," he said. "It's three points. That's no disrespect to Hamilton, by the way - far from it. They are a tough team to beat.

"But the fact is it's a tough division and points don't come easy. Yes, you may beat two teams around you but if you lose the next four games against teams lower than you, it's irrelevant. Dropping points hurts, especially at a club like Rangers. Dropping any points hurts."

Aberdeen winger Jonny Hayes admits the prospect of playing Rangers has helped keep his mind off their Betfred Cup final disappointment.

The Dons travel to Glasgow for the second weekend running looking to bounce back from a 3-0 defeat by Celtic which saw them fail to hit the heights expected of them at Hampden.

But Saturday is another significant encounter as Aberdeen play at Ibrox for the first time since January 2012 and Hayes cannot think of a better occasion to overcome his cup final pain.

The Republic of Ireland international said: "It was obviously a tough one to take, thankfully we have a big game coming up on Saturday. It kind of takes your mind off it.

"The focus is on Rangers at the weekend so you haven't really got time to dwell on it, thankfully enough for us.

"Whenever you have a bad game you always look to get back out on the pitch as soon as possible. Six days is long enough time but it is a big game, there is no getting away from how big it is and there is a rivalry there.

"So in a way the focus is taken away from the Celtic game and on to the Rangers game.


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