Mark Warburton offers defiant defence of his reign at Rangers

Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, former Rangers manager Mark Warburton has defended his record at the Ibrox club, claiming his time there was a success.

What’s the story?

Warburton left the Light Blues in February in acrimonious circumstances, eventually turning up at Nottingham Forest to lead them forward.

By the end of his reign at Rangers, many fans had lost patience with the Englishman, after a frustrating season behind Aberdeen and Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.

However, the manager has hit back at his critics, believing that it’s expectations in Glasgow that are to blame for the perception of his contribution at the club.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Warburton said:

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. 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.

It was of course a difficult situation for Warburton but we can’t help but feel that given the budget he had available last summer, that he should have guided his team well beyond Aberdeen in the league table.

Their third position right now is pretty damning of his second season at the club, as was his recruitment. Joe Garner, Joey Barton and Philippe Senderos have all flopped at Ibrox.

So while he has a point and is of course biased, it’s a little unfair to blame the expectations of Rangers fans on his failure to inspire them with good performances and results.