By Harvey Byrne
Former centre-back Marvin Andrews believes that the Rangers defence were not doing their jobs under former boss Mark Warburton.
The 54-year-old Englishman came under fire from pundits and supporters this season before ultimately losing his job in charge of the Ibrox giants in February.
His final games at the club included a 4-1 hammering away at Hearts alongside a 1-1 draw at home against relegation battling Ross County.
The club’s poor form has allowed rivals Celtic to win the league at a canter and Andrews has shared that the Rangers back four are only now starting to perform under the guidance of Pedro Caixinha.
“They just weren’t defending,” started Andrews to the Scottish Sun.
“They wanted to pass the ball but I’ve learned the game.
“You have three parts of the field — defenders, creators in midfield and people who finish.
“An old manager in Trinidad told me a defender cuts the wood, gathers the wood and gives it to the creator.
“He said to me, ‘You are a woodcutter — chop the wood then give it to someone who can make something from it’.
“Before at Rangers everything was nice but they didn’t want to put their heads where it hurts.
“You’re a defender, your job is to stop people from scoring goals and to protect your goalkeeper.
“They weren’t resilient, they weren’t saying, ‘Today you’re not scoring’.
“They’d rather be on the ball than defend the ball, kick the ball into row Z or head the ball for a corner or throw in.
“You have to do your job. I can’t come in as a defender and pretend to be a Barry Ferguson.
“That isn’t my game. My game is to head the ball, clear my lines, push my team up and keep a clean sheet.
“If you defend you also need a bit of heart, and to play for Rangers you have to have heart. It’s not just about ability.
“They were missing heart and they didn’t want to defend.
“Defending is an art. Some days you defend with your life, you’re protecting your boundary and that is what they were lacking.
“The manager has seen that and changed that around. That’s why they have four clean sheets from five. You’ve seen they are defending now.
“The new manager is building something really special from the back.
“You know with the type of strikers Rangers have like Kenny Miller they can score any time.
“But the players who are there now have to buck up. They’re playing for their futures. That’s the key thing for every Rangers player.
“It doesn’t matter if you have a two or three-year contract. You’re at a big club, you’re not just going to laze about.
“You’ll get moved on if you’re not doing the job.”
Rangers have suffered an injury crisis in their back line with Lee Hodson, Clint Hill, Rob Kiernan, Philippe Senderos and Lee Wallace all spending time on the treatment table in recent weeks.
However, rookies David Bates and Myles Beerman have stepped into the back four with relative ease, helping their side to three clean sheets from their last three league encounters.
They will now be hoping for another shutout on Sunday afternoon when they take on fierce rivals Celtic at Hampden Park in the Scottish Cup semi-final encounter.
In other Rangers news, Gers fans have urged Caixinha to bring this 21-year old into the team on Sunday.