'Threats were horrendous' – Warburton reveals extent of abuse he got from Rangers fans
Former Rangers manager Mark Warburton has said that he was bombarded with threats and abusive texts after he left Ibrox.
Talking in the Times, Warburton has tried to put his side of the story forward again, after Rangers fans were convinced that he’d walked out on the club.
Warburton has said that Rangers is such a huge club that he would never have walked away from them, and swears that the first contact he had with Nottingham Forest [his next club] was a week after he left Ibrox.
He has also revealed the extraordinary amount of abuse he got after his phone number was leaked online, with 910 abusive text messages and 40 voicemails.
He says he isn’t sure whether the messages came from Celtic or Rangers fans.
“I got a huge amount of abuse and threats that weekend,” Warburton said.
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“The phone number I’d had for over 10 years was posted on the internet and the calls and messages were endless.
“I was walking to a friend’s for dinner on the Saturday and looked at my phone, which said ‘inbox full’. There were 910 text messages and 40-odd voicemails.
“Some of the messages and threats were horrendous, whether they were from Celtic fans or Rangers fans who thought I’d walked out on the club I don’t know.
“I listened to some of the messages, but wouldn’t want to repeat them. It got so bad that I had to change my number after years and years.
“Every day I get abusive texts and tweets from Rangers fans saying I walked out on them. You would never walk out on Glasgow Rangers.”
Football Insider verdict:
There’s no excuse for the amount of abuse that Warburton received from fans, but Rangers fans would counter there’s no excuse to walk out on their club. Warburton is adamant that he didn’t do that, but he might as well be whistling in the wind. That chapter is closed as far as Rangers supporters think and they’re now looking ahead with a manager who’s much more popular at Ibrox.