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28th Oct, 2016 | 10:11am

Mark Warburton responds to Rangers criticism

By Emma Sanders

Rangers boss, Mark Warburton has hit out after becoming frustrated by remarks from the media claiming his side have made a ‘shocking’ start to the season.

The Gers were booed by their own fans following their 1-1 draw against St Johnstone on Wednesday evening and they are nine points behind rivals Celtic.

After ten league games, Rangers currently sit in fourth place, a long way off league leaders Celtic but are just two points off Aberdeen in second place.

“Had we won against St Johnstone, instead of drawn, where would we be in relation to Hearts and Aberdeen?” Warburton questioned reporters, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“The point is this – we are 10 games in, very early into the season, still players gelling in. And from this ‘shocking’ start… one reporter said to me last night that it would be even deeper into the despair – yet if we’d won we would have been level second, having had this ‘shocking’ start.

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“I think there is a lot of nonsense written. We have spoken to enough genuine Rangers supporters that we are not listening to the five per cent minority.”

Although Rangers are within touching distance with Aberdeen, it is perhaps their distance from Celtic which has caused a stir.

Rangers have been defeated by Brendan Rodgers’ side twice already this season during the Old Firm derbies in the Premiership and in the Scottish League Cup semi-final.

The performance levels of the two Glaswegian sides have been fairly different and Rangers have not picked up a victory in their last two games.

Mark Warburton’s side host Kilmarnock in their next Premiership clash on Saturday and will need to pick up three points to avoid falling behind the teams at the top.

In other Rangers news, this Sky Sports journalist has given an update on Joey Barton’s future with the club.