By Amir Mir
Mark Warburton has described Neil McCann as “short-sighted” following his “ill informed” comments about Rangers.
Former Gers winger McCann stated that Warburton must change his style in order to get the best out of striker Joe Garner, who has scored only three goals this season in all competitions.
The 28-year-old forward made a summer move from Championship side Preston for a fee of £1.8 million, but has struggled for form and consistency in Glasgow.
This prompted Sky Sports pundit McCann to suggest that Warburton must change his tactics in order to get the best out of Garner with rivals Celtic opening up an eight point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
But former Brentford boss Warburton pulled no punches when responding to McCann’s comments on his managerial style.
“If you want my honest opinion, I’m disappointed when ex-players take cheap shots,” said Warburton, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion but to look at it on such a micro level? Look at the bigger picture.
“How long has Joe been here? How many games has he played? I saw recently in a presentation that Andre Gray scored two goals in 10.
“Joe has been here such a short period of time and I was disappointed by cheap shots of that nature. I am not going to get drawn into any row with anyone who is paid to give their opinion.
“Joe has come in, he is a proven striker, he gives us something we didn’t possess in terms of his physicality. He is aerially strong in both boxes, good first touch and he is a proven, mature pro.
“So to judge him after 10 or 11 games is just, for me, so short-sighted and it is ill-informed.”
Warburton’s side are second in the Scottish Premiership with 26 points from 14 games and have lost on two occasions to Old Firm rivals Celtic this term, including a 5-1 hammering in the league.
As a result their Glasgow rivals top the table with 34 points from 12 games, winning 11 of their fixtures under new manager Brendan Rodgers.
The Gers travel to Tynecastle on Wednesday night to take on Hearts in the league, knowing a loss could see the fourth placed side overtake them in the table.
In other Rangers team news, Mark Warburton has stated he is prepared to enter the January transfer window for new signings.