By Harry Sykes
Ex-Rangers goalkeeper Cammy Bell has delivered a scathing attacking on Mark Warburton’s management during his Ibrox reign.
Bell claimed Warburton, 54, was a poor man-manager with a thin skin who hated confrontation and criticism.
The Dundee United No1, who spent three years at Rangers, the last of which was spent on the sidelines under the ex-Brentford boss before he quit last summer, also insisted that the recently departed manager didn’t understand the size of the club.
The goalkeeper is convinced the Englishman’s strengths lay on the training ground and developing a style of play but reckons he came up short in the management department.
Warburton, his assistant David Weir and head of recruitment Frank McParland left Rangers in acrimonious circumstances two-and-a-half weeks ago.
The club are searching for a new manager and a director of football to bridge the gap on runaway leaders Celtic, who are a remarkable 33 points ahead of their bitter rivals in the Scottish Premiership table as they close in on a sixth consecutive title.
Ex-Scotland international Bell, 30, pulled no punches in his explosive insight into working under Warburton as he became the first dressing room insider to reveal what was going on behind the scenes.
“Mark was a good coach the training pitch,” Bell told the Sun. “He and Davie Weir worked well there. A lot of his ideas as a coach were really good but sometimes he wasn’t great in man-management.
“I’m still not sure if he got to know the size of the club. Rangers is a worldwide institution with a great history. But even at the end I still wasn’t convinced he understood how big it was.
“As soon as he came under pressure, he struggled. It felt like he didn’t know where to go with the club. I think he had maybe taken things as far as he could.”
After a successful first term in the Ibrox job in which he led the club to the Championship title and a Scottish Cup semi final victory over Celtic, the pressure began to tell on Warburton this season.
He was criticised for his recruitment and results, while his dealings with the media became increasingly bitter as many questioned his temperament for the job.
Bell added to the Sun: “He didn’t like confrontation. I felt there were times when boys needed a rocket and it didn’t happen.”
“Looking at a few of his interviews, he didn’t like criticism. I think he was uncomfortable with criticism.
“He probably took it to heart more than anything, but as a Rangers manager you’re always in firing line.
“You need to be able to protect your players and try to bat away negative influences and let them to do their job to the best of their abilities, which gets results.