Mark Warburton has talked a lot about Rangers recently.
He’s still obviously not settled the manner of his Ibrox departure in his head, but not everything he says should be ignored.
Talking in the Daily Mail he urged the club to have patience with manager Graeme Murty and not listen to the groundswell of pundits and fans who don’t want him to get a new contract in the summer.
“Graeme Murty has come in and earned the respect of the squad and he’s got the crowd on side,” Warburton said.
“He’s done a very good job. If you are going to give Graeme that chance, then be patient with him. Expectation is key. If the fans think he’s going to challenge Celtic next year and, if not, sack him by Christmas, then you’ll have the same old problems.
“Give the man a chance, give him the time, give him the backing, verbally and financially, that he needs to manage a club of that stature.”
We happen to agree with Warburton here.
Rangers want to be on a par with Celtic. But, with everything that’s happened in the last few years, that was never going to happen overnight.
Just the money Celtic earn from the Champions League is enough to keep a rift there for the foreseeable future.
But surely everyone would agree that Murty has improved things?
Sure, there have been some bad results, but if Murty can fix their home form he’s got a team that would be challenging at the top.
And the team’s struggles at Ibrox are not solely down to him.
Judge him on what he has done – improved the squad in January and made the team gel again after Pedro Caixinha’s terrible reign.
We’re not saying give him a permanent long-term contract, but he’s surely done enough to get a rolling year?
What’s the alternative? Finding someone else who may, or may not do better. It’s going to be tough to get a top, top calibre manager to come to Rangers at the moment.
Dave King should listen to Warburton – over this at least – and ensure he doesn’t make a mistake that could take years to rectify.