Mark Warburton has told the Glasgow Evening Times that it is "absolute nonsense" to suggest he doesn't know the full pressure of being Rangers manager until they are back in the Scottish Premiership.
Warburton's troops sit on the brink of reaching the top flight for the first time since 2012, and a victory at home to Dumbarton tonight would seal their return to the big time.
The former Brentford boss has been in the job less than a year, but it has been suggested that he has no idea about the full extent of what the job entails until the pressure of winning top-flight titles returns - a notion that he vehemently denies.
“Unfair. I think it’s nonsense [to say I won’t know what it’s like to be Rangers manager until we are challenging for the Premiership title]. I think it’s absolute nonsense," he said to the Glasgow Evening Times. “I read a few comments over the last couple of days that I’m living in Candyfloss Land in Lollipop Lane or something if I think that I know what the job entails.
“Am I happy about those comments? It is what it is. I think it’s poor journalism. That’s what I honestly think. The fact is it’s a big club and of course you can deal with it. No human being in their right mind… If you lose a game of football, don’t read the back page, because you know there’s going to be something that might irk you.
"If you win a game of football, great, but that’s the nature of it. To say you can’t deal with it is a little bit disrespectful."
To be fair, the 53-year-old might have a point. Given their squad, promotion was certainly on the agenda this season - especially after how close they came last term - and with that expectancy comes plenty of pressure
But, by virtue of the fact that the Gers have suffered just three defeats to leave themselves 14 points clear of second-placed Falkirk in the Scottish Championship, it is fair to say that Warburton has managed that pressure exceptionally well and that certainly stands them in good stead next term.