By Danny Wright
Alan Brazil believes that Rangers have made a huge mistake after they parted company with Mark Warburton on Friday evening.
The former Scotland international has said that Warburton was mistreated at Ibrox and that Rangers cannot realistically achieve more than they are doing so right now.
The Lights Blues are currently third in the Scottish Premiership, exactly where Brazil expects them to be, but only have one win in their last five league outings.
“Mark Warburton should not have been treated the way he has been,” Brazil said in his column on the Sunday Post. “He should still be the Gers’ gaffer.
“Rangers fans, at least the vast majority of them, won’t like that opinion, but I stand by it.
“I said at the start of the season that Rangers had no chance of winning the title this year.
“I believed Warburton’s side faced a battle [for second place] with Aberdeen and Hearts for Scottish football’s best-of-the-rest spot behind Celtic. That’s exactly what has come to pass.”
Brazil’s predictions have come true this season after optimistic Rangers fans had designs on battling rivals Celtic for the title again.
That hasn’t happened but the gulf between the two sides is worryingly large.
The Hoops are 27 points clear of Aberdeen and Rangers, who are level on 43 points – although the Dons have a game in hand.
Rangers will begin life without Warburton when they face Greenock Morton in the Scottish Cup fifth round on Sunday. That’s their last shot at silverware this season.
Their next league game is against Dundee a week from then.
A number of former players believe that Alex McLeish should be the man to fill the vacancy left by Friday’s shock news, although Derek McInnes is the bookmaker’s favourite according to their latest odds.
In other Rangers news, Kris Boyd believes this is the man to take over at Ibrox – and it’s not McLeish.