By Alex Stevens

Chris Sutton is convinced that Mark Warburton could be sacked if Rangers lose their next two matches.

The former Celtic striker believes the Ibrox manager’s job could be at risk should Rangers succumb to Championship leaders Queen of the South at home in the Betfred Cup on Tuesday and Sunday’s potentially incendiary Premiership match at Aberdeen.

Sutton, now a pundit with BT Sport, had been critical of Warburton’s comments following Rangers’ goalless draw with Ross County at the weekend, stating on air that “the job was too big for him”.

Now he has gone a step further by stating the Englishman could be out of a job within the week if the next two results go against his side.

“I think [tonight] is a huge game for Mark Warburton,” said Sutton, as quoted by Herald Scotland. “I think it’s a game that Rangers have to win. It’s hugely significant, all the more because Rangers then have Aberdeen on the Sunday.

“If we’re being honest, when the draw was made for the quarter-finals of the Betfred Cup, you would’ve said, ‘good ties for Rangers and Celtic’.

“But then Queen of the South are a team who have done particularly well this season and certainly surprised me. A loss-loss scenario [for Rangers] — and I think the question would certainly be asked if he could survive that.”

Rangers’ 5-1 humbling at the hands of Celtic in the Old Firm derby 10 days ago further cast the spotlight on the management of Warburton, who led the team to the Scottish Championship title in his first season at the helm.

Back in the top flight for the first time in four years, the Light Blues’ opening six league matches have yielded nine points and they are fifth in the table.

In other Rangers news, Joey Barton gave a three-word response on Monday when asked about his future at Ibrox.