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31st Dec, 2016 | 5:46pm

Why the time is up for this Rangers senior figure after Celtic defeat

COMMENT by Amir Mir

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has overseen three defeats against rivals Celtic this season as the gap between their Old Firm rivals widens.

Brendan Rodgers side lead the Scottish Premiership by a mammoth 19 points, a gap simply not acceptable for a club of the size of Rangers.

The Gers are no doubt battling for second place with the likes of Aberdeen and Hearts, a battle they simply cannot afford to lose.

However, with the Premiership title out of the window, the Gers should allow the former Brentford boss to leave so they can breathe fresh life into this ageing squad.

The Hoops’ budget may be bigger than their rivals, but Warburton has proven by signing the likes of Joey Barton, Joe Garner and Phillipe Senderos, that he cannot be trusted to buy quality.

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Warburton’s side did produce a good display in the first half, but after the break, they were outclassed by their opponents.

Aside from the defeats against Rodgers men, the dropped points against the likes of St Johnstone, Hearts and Ross County are worrying signs.

Come the end of the campaign, the light Blues may find themselves sitting outside of the top four as fourth-placed Hearts are eight points behind the Glasgow club.

This would prove to be a disaster for Rangers as they are aiming to close the gap on Celtic, rather than worry about those behind them.

In other Rangers news, Celtic legend Chris Sutton has mocked the Gers after their Old Firm defeat.