By Danny Wright

7th Apr, 2017 | 10:05pm

Mark Warburton believes Rangers have got worse since he left the club

By Danny Wright

Mark Warburton has aimed a dig at Rangers after the club has suffered a huge dip in form since his departure.

The 54-year-old, who is now the manager at Nottingham Forest, pointed out that the Light Blues had a strong chance of finishing in second place when he was at the club.

Gers were in third place, but level on points with Aberdeen, when he left in acrimonious circumstances in mid-February.

However the Glasgow club are now 12 points adrift of the Dons and have only won two league games since.

Graeme Murty took temporary charge while the Ibrox chiefs spent a month searching for a new manager.

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The former caretaker boss lost games to Dundee and Inverness during his time in charge and since Pedro Caixinha was named as Warburton’s permanent successor, he too has struggled for results.

Warburton believes that his time at Ibrox was a triumphant one and that the club cannot be expected to bridge the gap with Old Firm rivals Celtic any time soon.

“When we left, I think we were one point off second place, and second for the bulk of it, and in good shape. So I think we have to say from our perspective, it was a successful time. We enjoyed it and we just wish the club well going forward,” said Warburton to BBC Sport.

“The rivalry is intense up there. You have a band of Rangers fans who have been brought up on domestic and European success.

“Quite understandably the expectation is so high at such a fantastic club, but you have to be realistic. Celtic have had Champions League football for the past few years, they have built the club, they have a sound financial base and it will take time.”

After winning his first game in charge 4-0, Caixinha has suffered two disappointing draws with Motherwell and Kilmarnock.

All hopes of finishing in second place have been all-but ended thanks to Aberdeen’s good form, but the Light Blues will now have to keep an eye on St. Johnstone, who are mounting a late charge to finish in the top three.

In the latest Rangers news, a rival player has hit out at Caixinha after what he did against Kilmarnock.

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