By Alex Stevens
Sky Sports presenter David Tanner has absolutely destroyed former Rangers manager Mark Warburton on Instagram for his media dealings.
The experienced broadcaster said the Englishman is not missed among journalists and his former colleagues from within the Scottish club are also glad to see the back of him.
Tanner hit out at Warburton as he compared the 54-year-old unfavourably to newly appointed manager Pedro Caixinha.
Tanner was at “very impressed” by previously little known Portugese Caixinha, 46, who succeeded Warburton at the Ibrox helm three weeks ago.
The broadcaster was at Caixinha’s press conference on Thursday ahead of Rangers‘ match against Motherwell and took to his personal Instagram afterwards to praise the new man and deliver a no-holds-barred attack on his predecessor.
I met the new Rangers manager for the first time today. Very impressed. Opinions, tactics, humour and humility. Quite a change. A much better talker than his predecessor. Warburton spent his time telling us he’d been “misquoted, as usual” by the press. I’ll get a good look at the SPFL’s newest boss when we broadcast Rangers’ away games at @kilmarnockfootballclub and second-placed @officialaberdeenfc next week. I asked him if he knew what the great Glaswegian phrase “square go” means! He does now!l! I was happy to help. To educate and inform… #pedrocaixinha #rangers #kilmarnock #aberdeen #squarego #neillennon v #jimduffy #scotland #scottish #spfl #ladbrokespremiership #ibrox
“I met the new Rangers manager for the first time today,” Tanner said. “Very impressed. Opinions, tactics, humour and humility. Quite a change.
“A much better talker than his predecessor but that wouldn’t be difficult, to be uncharacteristically frank with you.
“Warburton spent his time telling us he’d been “misquoted, as usual” – seems unlikely for anyone who said so little.
“He won’t be missed. I spoke to some of his former colleagues today. Ouch.”
Tanner’s comments come after Warburton’s acrimonious exit from Rangers last month following 18 months as manager.
He has subsequently been appointed by Nottingham Forest, where he has linked up again with his management team David Weir and Frank McParland.
Warburton was known for his taciturn media conferences and made it clear that he was unhappy at how he was treated by those who wrote about him.
Rangers chairman Dave King has slammed Warburton for being too “thin-skinned” and unable to handle criticism.
He has spent the last 10 days preparing the team for the end-of-season run-in as they aim to narrow the eight-point gap on second-placed Aberdeen.
In other Rangers news, one of the club’s midfielders has agreed the terms of a mammoth new deal.