McCann: This is what Warburton must change for Rangers to narrow gap on Celtic
By Will Butcher
Neil McCann has urged Rangers boss Mark Warburton to change his game plan if his team are to have any chance of narrowing the gap on runaway leaders Celtic.
Former Gers star McCann, who is now a pundit with Sky Sports, has seen his old side completely outclassed this season by Old Firm rivals Celtic, who sit eight points clear despite playing two games less.
McCann claimed that it is no weakness for Warburton to change his side’s system as expectations continue to weigh the former Brentford boss down.
“There’s nothing wrong with having to change,” McCann said, as quoted by the Evening Times. “It’s not like he’s bursting his philosophy. It’s finding a way of winning.
“It wouldn’t be as if he would be admitting defeat by changing tactics – it’s football. Pep Guardiola spoke about playing against Burnley and how he has to learn to deal with their up and at ‘em style.
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“Rangers fans won’t care if it’s not pleasing on the eye if they could start to bite into Celtic’s lead.”
With only seven wins in 14 league games, pre-season hopes of a Scottish Premiership title challenge have evaporated as Celtic continue to dominate.
“I heard there was a stat they’ve dominated 11 games out of 12,” McCann said, as quoted by the Evening Times. “The only one they didn’t was the Celtic game. But how many did they win? There was five draws among them, so they need to find a way of doing something different.
“He says his Plan B is doing Plan A better but pitches are going to get worse, teams now know how they play so they’re just making it difficult.
McCann played for the Gers for five years between 1998 and 2003, making a total of 170 appearances in the heart of the 54-time Scottish champions’ midfield.
The Gers next face Hearts on Wednesday, as they look to close the gap on Brendan Rodgers side.
Three points will see them move to within five points of their bitter rivals, as Celtic do not play until the weekend.
However, the Hoops will have played three games less than Rangers and could end up going 14 points clear of the Gers if they secure three wins in those domestic encounters.
In other Rangers news, Warburton has revealed his plans ahead of the January transfer window.