Rangers chairman Dave King
Rangers chairman Dave King has told the club's official website that he expected the club to be more competitive this season.
The Gers head into today's game against Partick Thistle sitting in third place in the Scottish Premiership, and whilst that would be a great start for a promoted side, expectations at Ibrox mean that fans are left wanting a little bit more.
Mark Warburton has endured some ups and downs this season; losing 5-1 to Old Firm rivals Celtic and a 2-1 defeat at Aberdeen were major disappointments, but those games are Rangers' only defeat this season, with Warburton's men proving hard to beat.
There have been too many draws for Rangers, and they already lie 11 points adrift of league leaders Celtic, who also have a game in hand on the Gers.
On Friday, Rangers held their Annual General Meeting, and chairman Dave King has been speaking to the club's official website about the club's fortunes this season and the plans going forward at Ibrox.
Rangers manager Mark Warburton
King suggested that Rangers aren't quite where he expected them to be at this stage in the season, but feels manager Warburton is doing a good job without 'key resources available' to him.
King stated that he wanted Rangers to be the 'strong second' team in the Scottish Premiership this season, and looked ahead to the work that Warburton will do in the January transfer window, suggesting Rangers are on the right track.
The 61-year-old added that the semi-final win over Celtic towards the end of last season maybe led Rangers to believe that they were closer to the Bhoys than they actually were, as Celtic's budget has enabled them to open up a huge lead at the top of the table.
Rangers chairman Dave King
“On a specific basis, no, but I see in a certain sense, yes, as squad-wise, Mark has a team that could be sitting in a strong second place had the Aberdeen game gone the other way,” said King when asked if Rangers are meeting his expectations. “Given he has done that with, I don’t want to say squad players, but he certainly hasn’t had key resources available."
“I would have liked us to be a strong second at this point in time whereas we are still fighting for second place, but that’s me looking at the longer point of view. From a squad point of view I think the work Mark has done with the squad and the work he will do in the January transfer window; I think we are about where we should be."
“The clubs that have a bigger budget should have a better quality of players, and Celtic have had a bigger budget. I did expect us to me more competitive, and maybe that’s just the artificial euphoria of the semi-final last year which gave us a gloss where maybe we felt we were a little bit closer than we really were. I think that gap that truly does exist is more apparent this season, and it shows the gap we must bridge to be truly competitive against Celtic,” he added.
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