Mark Warburton Has To Get Used To Rangers Criticism


Rangers returned to winning ways this weekend after they lost their first game of the season last Tuesday night.

After the Gers 4-0 away victory at Greenock Morton, boss Mark Warburton described the reaction to his sides 3-1 loss to St Johnstone in the League Cup as ‘over the top‘ and ‘disrespectful’.

Warburton also pointed out that his side had won twelve out of thirteen games so far this term and that too much was made of that one loss.

Welcome to Glasgow!

The criticism and the gloating from opposing supporters comes with the territory at Rangers.

Old Firm managers are expected to win matches, yes Rangers have been exciting to watch in the Championship and their supporters are loving the football but they are still only winning games that’s expected of them.

A defeat is always pounced upon, highlighted and picked apart.

Listen I remember Gers fans moaning about Walter Smith during his second stint in charge as he was leading them to a third top flight title in a row! So he should be thankful that his supporters are still fully behind him.

Against St Johnstone this new look Rangers side were up against a Premiership club for the first time since Warburton and David Weir arrived at Ibrox this summer.

So the League Cup tie was always going to be used as a yardstick.

But the thing is Rangers came up short against the Perth side. They looked very naive and a bit toothless.

They will have also been judged due to their great start to their league campaign and how impressive they have been.

So the fact is they were actually favourites to outgun St Johnstone even though they play in a higher tier.

And here’s the thing Mark, had your lads won that tie you’d not get the credit for that win either!

The Scottish media will always be on hand to bring Rangers back down to earth if they slip up and Mark Warburton has to get used to that.

The Englishman also said this to the press after the win against Morton:

“The players were ready for the challenge. They were riled by some of the comments, they trained really well and there was no doubt we were going to go out and start well.”

That’s the best way to deal with the inevitable critics that will some your way in the Scottish game, use it as a tool to get the best out of your players.

Don’t get bogged down by the critics in Glasgow because that won’t end well. Best just dust yourself down and carry on!

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