By Amir Mir
Derek Johnstone believes Rangers manager Mark Warburton and his players will be shocked at the expectation levels at the club.
Warburton’s side are 11 points behind their Old Firm rivals Celtic in the table, who top the Scottish Premiership with 31 points from 11 games.
The Gers produced a lacklustre display in their last fixture as they drew 1-1 at lowly Ross County and a fortnight ago they were booed off in their stalemate against St Johnstone.
Former striker Johnstone offered his thoughts on the expectation levels at the club and the reality check some senior figures may have had this season.
“There were some who expected a challenge at the first attempt,” Johnstone wrote in his Evening Times column. “For the manager and the players, I think the expectation levels will have undoubtedly been a shock.
“They should know what Rangers are all about by now, though. Unless you are going out there and giving your all, entertaining the fans and winning games, you will come in for criticism.
“They are seeing the bad side of it now and we will find out if these players have the mentality to come back and respond in the right manner.
“We are a winning club. As Bill Shankly said, first is first and second is nowhere.”
The Glasgow giants are in third place in the Premiership table with 20 points from 12 games, a point behind Aberdeen who are in second.
The added pressure for Warburton’s side is that they have lost on two occasions to fierce rivals Celtic this season, a 5-1 defeat in the league and then being knocked out of the League Cup.
After the international break the Gers will host Dundee at Ibrox as they look to get back to winning ways on home soil.