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Mark Warburton on what is 'alien' to him about Rangers fans

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The former Brentford boss has had to adjust to a drastic change in expectations.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has claimed the levels of expectation at the Ibrox is like nothing he has experienced before.

The former Brentford manager was discussing the Gers fans' response to him this season when he explained his shock at a story David Weir had recounted.

“Do I appreciate how the fans are? Very much so," said Warburton, in quotes published by the Herald Scotland.

"I was warned about this. David Weir has told me that he’s gone in leading 1-0 at half-time and been booed off the pitch. That is alien to me. That would never happen down south.”

The unique type of expectation placed upon the Old Firm clubs is a new experience for Warburton and a huge chunk of his playing staff.

Rangers and Celtic’s domination of the footballing landscape in Scotland has meant that simply winning isn’t always enough.

Fans of each club expect a certain style of play and demand convincing victories in the majority of games they play domestically.

Warburton’s excellent start and his footballing philosophy has already got the Ibrox faithful on board however, meaning support for his team never wavered during Saturday’s narrow win over Queen of the South.

Rangers fans have bought into what their manager is trying to achieve and it is little wonder, given that Warburton’s insistence on maximum effort has been dutifully carried out by his players.

“We think, rightly or wrong, that if you go out on the pitch can give 100 per cent, and there will be days when everything you do goes wrong, you can’t help that, you have those days, but what you can control is your effort and your work-rate,” he added.

“…So make sure you give everything. If you jump out of a tackle or you don’t make the run you deserve everything that comes you way. So far the boys have been tremendous."

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