Gordon Smith: It's promotion or bust for Warburton at Rangers

Former Rangers player Gordon Smith feels Mark Warburton will be under pressure to take the side out of the Scottish Championship.

Former Rangers player Gordon Smith told talkSPORT that he feels it’s promotion or bust for the club’s new manager, Mark Warburton, this season.

Warburton has been confirmed as the man taking over at Ibrox and he’ll be tasked with guiding the side back into the Scottish Premiership.

“I feel it’s going to be a case of promotion or bust for Warburton with the Rangers fans,” he said.

Warburton will have ideas and theories over the best way to get Rangers playing, but he’ll initially have to work hard to raise spirits after the ‘Gers missed out on the chance to go up last season, after losing to Motherwell.

It’s a very shrewd appointment by the club, but there are some good signs looking back on Warburton’s spell with Brentford in the English Championship.

It’s a definite step up but Warburton has a modesty about him, which will help him deal with coaching one of the biggest clubs in Scotland.

A good start is essential because that will help to dispel the heartbreak of the recent past, as well as helping Warburton is into his relationship with the club’s fans.

As is the case with supporters at any club with a new manager, they can quickly get on his back if they don’t like what they see from the new boss.

Warburton has signed a long term deal, which suggests he’ll get time, but hopefully he can take the club up at the first time of trying, without any issues.

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