Rangers boss Mark Warburton discusses expectation at Ibrox after receiving abuse on social media following Hibs defeat

The Gers lost 3-2 to their Scottish Championship rivals.

Mark Warburton believes that the weight of expectation is unlikely to be lifted off Rangers' shoulders next season after he received abuse on social media from a section of fans following the club's defeat to Hibernian on Wednesday, the Daily Record reports.

The defeat to Alan Stubbs' men came just days after the Light Blues had beaten Celtic to reach the Scottish Cup final while the league title, and promotion to the Scottish Premiership, was secured over two weeks ago.

Nevertheless, ahead of their return to the top flight, Warburton explained that the reaction from some supporters to the 3-2 loss tells him that just being happy to be at the top table next season will not be enough.

"It is a big club, you learn that every day. You have to be careful – one slip-up can cause a furore," he told the Record.

"But it keeps you on your toes. I like that, I like the expectation, you have to win every game. I will be intrigued to see if it changes next season but I don't think it will. It will be expected again – I got a barrage of abuse on social media because we lost a game at Hibs. I thought, 'Wow, I got three days' grace.' That is the nature of it."

Considering the success that the Gers have had this term, it is surely unfair that the former Brentford boss received any stick from supporters.

Although the defeat allowed Hibs to strike a psychological blow ahead of next month's Scottish Cup final between the pair, Rangers have already secured two trophies and have more than enough time to shake off any hangover that remained from their Old Firm victory.

And having dealt with the expectation of knowing that anything less than promotion would have seen the season be deemed a failure, Warburton has already proved that he has the temperament to deal with the pressure of trying to ensure that Rangers meet expectations once again next term.  

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