Mark Warburton insists he has no problem with Charlie Austin and Geoff Cameron having a heated argument following last week’s defeat by Birmingham.
Austin revealed during a radio interview this week that he and Rangers skipper Cameron almost came to blows in the dressing room after two late goals saw the team sink to a 2-1 defeat.
The in-form striker, who scored his fifth goal in nine games against Barnsley on Wednesday since re-joining the club in January, said there is no bad blood between him and Cameron and that Stefan Johnansen broke up the row by accepting blame for the defeat after he missed a glorious chance when Rangers led 1-0.
Warburton said he was far from concerned with what happened and admitted he was pleased to see such passion from two of the most experienced players in the squad.
“I don’t mind it all,” said Warburton.
“It shows two senior professionals who have played many games in the Premier League and it shows how much it means to them.
“Of course there is a point that you don’t let them go beyond, but with senior pros often as a manager and the coaches we will delay our entry into the room for five minutes to let them get their comments out. It’s important it means a lot.
“In that game we were eight minutes out from picking up a good three points and keep on building momentum.
“If there is no reaction then you have more of a problem.”
Warburton said there was a similar feeling of anger from the squad following the 3-1 defeat by Barnsley but backed his players to put things right at Bristol City – a ground that Rangers have not tasted victory at since 2002.
“We were all really annoyed after the game. We spoke to the people from Barnsley and they admitted they were fortunate not to be 2-0 down early in the game,” he said.
“These are the fine margins we always talk about. We have to score those goals when we are top.
“We didn’t do that and we defended sloppily, and we have to improve on that.
“I am looking forward after Saturday to trying to win our games in hand and push ourselves back towards the top of the table again.”