Rangers manager Mark Warburton praised his players after they recovered from an early set-back to see off Motherwell 2-0 at Fir Park.

Warburton's game-plan was thrown into disarray in the fourth minute on Saturday when his side were reduced to 10 men as Michael O'Halloran saw red for a high boot on Carl McHugh.

But Rangers went on to dominate after Scott McDonald's red card for Motherwell mid-way through the first half.

They deservedly grabbed second-half goals through Kenny Miller and on-loan American international Emerson Hyndman.

Warburton, whose side reclaimed second spot with victory, was happy with how his players responded to the challenge in the second half.

"I was disappointed after the first sending off. For about four or five minutes we were loose, gave away the ball cheaply and lost our composure, but I thought we quickly regained it when the numbers were evened up," Warburton said.

"At halftime we spoke about being positive and testing the keeper and making good decisions.

"I thought the players were outstanding in the second half, got two and it could have been a lot more comfortable.

"I was delighted with the work of the forwards – Kenny Miller and Barrie McKay – and Jon Toral who pushed forward as well.

"I thought Emerson Hyndman was tremendous as well so all over the park there were some good performances.

"It was a very strong, dominant performance. It was well-deserved and I am delighted with them."

The win means Warburton's side leapfrog Aberdeen – who briefly moved above the Glasgow giants following their 3-0 thrashing of Dundee on Friday – into second but they trail leaders Celtic by 19 points ahead of the Hoops' match against Hearts on Sunday.

Aberdeen are just two points behind Rangers with a game in hand in what is set to be a tight race for second spot and the European place it guarantees, but Warburton says his sole focus is on Rangers.

"It was a very big three points for us today. It's a tough place to come here and I am delighted with that," said Warburton, whose side face Hearts in midweek.

"I think from our point of view we've got to focus on Rangers. We can't control what goes on away from us so we've got to focus on ourselves and prepare well for every game.

"We've got another tough trip to Tynecastle on Wednesday and we'll look forward to it."