Rangers manager Mark Warburton
Mark Warburton has suggested that Rangers can have their own complaints about this season's Scottish Premiership fixture list after some sides were left upset with the scheduling, but also pointed out that their annoyance highlights how much the division has missed his team, the Daily Record reports.
Both Partick Thistle and Motherwell were left annoyed with the decision makers after they were both handed just two home games against the Old Firm clubs before the split, and demanded compensation from the league, the Record reports.
But Warburton has chosen to look at those complaints as a compliment, before suggesting that the Light Blues have just as much reason to be annoyed about the fixture list.
"I’m sure there are problems everywhere. I could sit here as Rangers manager and say we’ve got Celtic, Aberdeen and Hearts away twice, at home only once, before the split," he told the Record.
"How does that work? It's the first time for me experiencing the split. It's very, very unusual - I'm used to home and away, you know where you stand.
"I'm sure the gripe of Motherwell and Partick Thistle isn't with Rangers, but has got to be with the authorities. It shows you how much the league has missed Rangers, I guess."
Whether the Gers boss believes it or not, he will surely be telling his players - especially the ones that featured in their journey back to the top flight - that the way that the fixtures have been put together has been designed to hurt them as much as possible.
Their dramatic plight brought those who stuck around together and created a sense of defiance within the team that arguably aided their fight to get back towards the top.
And if he can convince those in this squad that the league bosses do not want to see the Gers complete the journey by winning the top flight crown at the first time of asking, then it may motivate the side to battle their way through the obstacles, much like they did after their demotion to the bottom tier.