Title race with Hibs will keep Rangers on their toes says Warburton
Alan Stubbs' side are only two points behind the Ibrox men in the table.
Mark Warburton says the Scottish Championship title race with Hibernian will help keep his Rangers players on their toes.
The Ibrox side have won 12 of their 13 league matches so far this term with their only defeat coming at the hands of Alan Stubbs' men.
Hibernian have won their last eight games in all competitions with Tuesday's 2-1 victory over Livingston cutting the gap at the top of the table to just two points.
And ahead of facing Livingston this Saturday, Warburton hopes the pressure being applied by the capital club will inspire his men.
Asked if the race would keep his team working hard, he said: "I hope so, it has to be that way. We are hungry, the squad is hungry, the fans are behind us and have been outstanding.
"We have got to maintain a level of consistency which excites them. We want our fans to be there home and away and they have been all season. Our responsibility is to maintain a level of performance."
Hibernian are unbeaten in 14 matches since going down 1-0 at Ibrox on August 23 but Warburton has rejected any suggestios his team's performance levels have dropped.
In addition to laughing off any rift with Hibs boss Stubbs, the former Brentford repeated his call for looking at one game at a time rather than thinking about his team's next meeting with the Leith men.
He added: "We started strongly, other teams didn’t start as strongly as Rangers. People are saying we are faltering but we are not faltering, other teams are closing the gap because they are winning games of football.
"All we can do is put our heads down and focus on Rangers and keep winning games. Somebody asked me about the game on December 20 [against Hibernian], that’s irrelevant. If you lose two or three games in the meantime it doesn’t matter.
"Our focus has to be one game at a time. Everything is geared towards a good performance against Livingston and we move on from there."