The dust has settled on the decision to bring Warburton is as the man tasked with taking the Gers back into the top flight from the Scottish Championship and Rae has emphasised exactly what the coach has let himself in for.
“Even right at the start of the first season if we had drawn a game, people were going mad on phone-ins, columns, all the experts having a go. You think it’s personal. You think ‘what do these guys know?’” he said.
“Then you realise it is part of the game up here. To be fair, Warburton was being honest and frank when he said he didn’t know what to expect.”
Warburton is not a naïve manager and he’s not a stranger to pressure because he got his former side Brentford into a position where they were competing for promotion into the top flight of English football.
The best way for him to approach the start of next season with Rangers is arguably to keep everything simple through pre-season.
If he keeps the messages short and concise, the Rangers players should take to his methods very quickly and adapt effectively.
The best way for him to get any pressure off of his back is to get some wins in the club’s first few competitive games, which won’t be easy given the calibre of Rangers as a football club.
Every team that goes up against Warburton’s side next season will want to beat them and give them something to worry about.
Hopefully it will be a task that the boss can rise to rather than one, which brings him down.