Rangers trio Nicolas Raskin, Jose Cifuentes and Todd Cantwell have now been praised by former Ibrox boss Mark Warburton.

The Gers got the job done on Tuesday night – but it was a nerve-shredding night for Rangers fans everywhere.

Michael Beale took his side to Switzerland for the second leg of the Champions League qualifier against Servette.

Leading 2-1 from the first leg, Rangers were brought level on aggregate as Dereck Kutesa put Servette in front on the night.

Danilo’s shocking miss left Rangers fans fearing the worst but captain James Tavernier came up with a big goal just after half time.

Tavernier secured a 1-1 draw and sent Rangers through 3-2 on aggregate, meaning the Gers are now just two games away from the Champions League group stage.

PSV Eindhoven stand in Rangers’ way, just as they did last year, and Beale’s men must improve in order to make it through.

Mark Warburton praises Rangers trio

Rangers still don’t look entirely convincing right now but former boss Warburton did find three players to praise after Tuesday’s draw.

Warburton was covering the Rangers clash on Sky Sports, taking up punditry work after leaving his coaching role at West Ham United.

Warburton – who coached Rangers between 2015 and 2017 – picked out Nicolas Raskin, Jose Cifuentes and Todd Cantwell as impressive players in Switzerland.

“They played with a diamond, a narrow diamond,” said Warburton. “Cantwell, Cifuentes and Raskin looked very, very good in the second half. They controlled the ball better, there was more urgency about their play and more dynamic about their play,” he added.

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Cantwell and Raskin arrived in the January transfer window whilst Cifuentes only recently completed a very drawn-out move from LAFC.

That’s the kind of recruitment Rangers needed; young players with potential and even points to prove in some cases, who can kick on and develop to hopefully rake in cash down the line.

Beale needs more of his signings to make this kind of impact with Danilo and Cyriel Dessers so far yet to impress Rangers fans.

It’s early days for them but it’s clear that Cifuentes has impressed Warburton as he joins Cantwell and Raskin in a new-look Rangers side.

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