Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers with Mark Warburton
Brendan Rodgers has suggested that he was disappointed to see Rangers part company with Mark Warburton last week and has labelled the former Gers boss an outstanding coach, The Scottish Sun reports.
After a difficult season so far which has seen Rangers put little pressure on Rodgers' Celtic side at the top of the Scottish Premiership, Warburton ended up leaving in seemingly bizarre circumstances towards the end of last week.
But Rodgers - who worked with Warburton during their time with Watford - has suggested that his former Old Firm rival deserved a lot more credit for the job he did at Ibrox.
"The step up to the Scottish Premiership was always going to be difficult in that first season no matter what their budget would be," he said, as reported by The Scottish Sun.
"So I find it disappointing that after this period of time that he ends up losing his job because he is an outstanding coach and all his interest and passion for Rangers was to make them the very best they could be under the circumstances they were in.
"So I feel for him, Davie Weir, a good guy and real Rangers legend. Those two guys along with Frank McParland, they wanted what was best for Rangers and it is sad to see them go."
Although life in the top flight did not go to plan for Rangers, it should certainly not be forgotten that Warburton managed to take them to the highest level by winning the Championship, and he did it in a season when they got the better of Celtic in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
And while Warburton has certainly made mistakes - several of his signings have been criticised, and there has often appeared to be no plan B when their favoured system has failed to break opponents down - it is difficult to know how poorly a job he had actually done without knowing a lot more about what is happening behind the scenes at the club.
But the fact that they did enjoy so much success last year and look to be well on course to finish in the top three in their first season back in the top flight suggests that Warburton could have been the man to close the gap to their Old Firm rivals had he been given more time.