Former Rangers manager Mark Warburton believes the Gers need to lower their expectations if they are to catch Old Firm rivals Celtic – but the former Gers boss is completely wrong and it is arguably why he couldn’t cut it at Ibrox.
Warburton reckons the Ibrox giants have to “dampen expectations,” as quoted by the Evening Times, and accept getting back to the top of Scottish football will be a long-term task.
While it may be easy to suggest lowering expectations, it’s those expectations that have saw the Ibrox giants continue to attract 50,000 fans every other week.
It’s always going to put additional pressure on managers who don’t get the luxury of having three years to build a project and see where it takes them.
At Ibrox the fans are always going to demand success – rightly or wrongly – and expect to see a team that at least looks capable of taking it to Celtic and challenging for trophies regularly.
Various people down the years have said that a manager is never more than a few losses away from a crisis at Rangers and, as difficult as it may seem for managers, it is a line that is absolutely spot on.
When Warburton was in charge, winning a game, drawing the next and losing a third was good enough for the former Brentford boss but it is never going to be enough to satisfy the Gers support.
Maybe at other clubs Warburton has been at it was enough to sit back, accept you aren’t as good as you used to be and hope that some day, far in the future you might be back somewhere near to that level.
When you play in a league that is so heavily dominated by two clubs over the years, there’s never going to be a situation where either set of fans will accept anything other than success.