Warburton hits out: This is what Rangers fans find hard to accept
By Alex Stevens
Mark Warburton has issued a strong defence of his Rangers record and claimed the expectation of the fans is unrealistic.
Warburton insisted that a section of the Ibrox support find it hard to accept the club are not both dominating Scottish football and being a powerhouse of European football.
The former Rangers manager gave his verdict on his 18-month spell at the club six weeks following an acrimonious exit that is now the subject of a legal process.
Warburton, who was criticised by Rangers chairman Dave King last week for being too “thin-skinned” and unable to handle criticism, believes he is unfairly perceived in Glasgow.
“I’m disappointed with how it ended and unfortunately there is now a legal process going on. But I must admit there is a frustration,” the 54-year-old told the Telegraph.
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“We came in and promotion [from the Scottish Championship] was non-negotiable, we won it early by 11 points. We lost in the Scottish Cup Final, beating Celtic in the semi-final, and left with the club second in the Premiership table.
“I can’t help but think that must go down as successful – not in an arrogant way, far from it, but I defy anyone to say that’s not been a good period.
“Some of the Rangers fans are magnificent but the expectation is hard because it’s very difficult for them to accept their club not being at the top of Scottish football and fighting European campaigns. But it was a fantastic experience and it can’t be taken away from me.
“I’ve read a lot of things [since leaving] that we’re supposed to have done and said that I know aren’t true. I’m not going to get drawn into an argument, we’ve kept our counsel and I hope the real story comes out.”
Warburton has subsequently been appointed by struggling Championship club Nottingham Forest, where he has linked up again with his management team David Weir and Frank McParland.
But it is not only fans who do not fondly remember the Englishman in Glasgow, with the normally reserved Sky Sports presenter David Tanner destroying 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.
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.