Rangers are defensively weak – Davies

Ross County captain Andrew Davies has accused Rangers boss Mark Warburton of leaving his team wide open to attack.

The Staggies skipper believes Gers have some of the best playmakers the Ladbrokes Premiership has to offer.

But he reckons Warburton does them no favours by refusing to address their deficiencies in defence.

Davies was able to benefit from those cracks in the Light Blues’ rear-guard when he headed home during Sunday’s Dingwall clash with the Ibrox men, cancelling out Clint Hill’s opener to give Jim McIntyre’s basement boys a valuable 1-1 draw.

He said: “I believe that Rangers have got some good flair players, they’ve got some players who can really attack.

“Defensively, the way they organise themselves, I think they’re open.

“When you look at Aberdeen and Hearts, they’re very solid, not open.

“With Rangers, they give you chances. Against good teams, they’ll get punished. We should have punished them today – but we didn’t. That’s where I rank them.”

Warburton wants his men to build their attacks from the back but they found it difficult to get going after County boss Jim McIntyre instructed his side to press their opponents high.

But Davies was surprised Warburton did not change his game-plan.

“They keep trying to pass their way out,” he said. “That’s obviously how their manager wants them to play.

“But it’s risk football. They are taking risks in bad areas of the pitch. That’s how it looked.

“Some teams sit off them and they’ve looked really good.

“I think if you press them, like we press them, obviously they’ve got fantastic players. But are they good enough to deal with the ball under that sort of pressure?

“They are all quite comfortable when they have no pressure.”

Warburton admits his sloppy side need to find a better level of consistency after watching them slip up again.

The Ibrox side have now dropped points seven times in just 12 games but should have made more of the chances they created in the first half.

Kenny Miller and Joe Garner both wasted opportunities to extend their lead following Hill’s opener.

Those misses have to be proved especially costly, with Gers now dropping down to third just a week after moving up to second spot.

Warburton said: “It’s two points dropped and that’s no disrespect to County.

“We weren’t playing as well as wanted to play but we had chances in the first half.

“You can’t give up opportunities like that.

“If we get a consistent high level of performance then the results will come.

“You are where you are. We dropped two points by being sloppy and not clinical enough.”

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