After a year-and-a-half back in Scotland’s top flight, it appears that Rangers are finally heading in the right direction.
The Glasgow giants boast a decent squad combining youth and promise with Scottish football experience and, with the likes of Jamie Murphy, Declan John and Greg Docherty arriving in the last few transfer windows, Rangers’ pulling power seems to be at its strongest since they were demoted to the fourth tier in 2012.
But Rangers fans are a little unconvinced by former manager Mark Warburton’s claims that he has a lot to do with the success of Graeme Murty’s current side.
“I’m not being arrogant about this. It’s the last thing I’d be,” Warburton, who was replaced by Pedro Caixinha after a difficult start to 2017, told the Scottish Sun.
“But, yes, I’m very satisfied at seeing a number of the boys we brought to the club still being important players for Rangers.”
Yes, Warburton led Rangers back to the Premiership and, yes, many of their star performers were brought to Ibrox during his time at the helm, including James Tavernier, Wes Foderingham and Josh Windass.
But its worth pointing out that both Tavernier and Windass have improved immeasurably since Warburton departed almost a year ago. And while the former Nottingham Forest and Brentford boss did pull off a few bargain deals, there was no shortage of flops at Ibrox during his year-and-a-half in charge.
Rangers fans are keen to remind their former boss of exactly that.
And if he had a single idea how to set them up into a team & change tactically when things are going wrong then he would still be the manager. Also funny he didn’t mention major wages wasted on Barton, Kranjar & Senderos.— RFC99 (@rangers1015) February 14, 2018
Hard to disagree with anything Warburton says there, facts on what was spent. We’ve already had good value from several of those players and we will make a very healthy profit on many. Of course some would like to believe Rangers couldn’t possibly do so, but we can and will.— m (@purkyhammr) February 14, 2018
Rossiter— BMC Rangers Rants (@BMCRangersRants) February 14, 2018
Aye Warburton signed some real gems! Thanks Mark! ♂️
For each good signing eg. Fod and Tav there are 5 absolute diddies!— Stuart Smith (@stuart723) February 14, 2018
Well Wes,Tav, and windass have been on good in most games lately the hibs match aside. But the have been complimented by the likes of candieas,Mcrorie, morelos so I don't know how he can claim credit— kg bluenose (@GoldKrisgold) February 14, 2018
pedro took us up a level in terms of players he brought in , and murty has took us up another notch. warbuton thought the players he had were good enough to push the bheasts close in the league fs!— Gazzabnumber8 (@Gazzabnumb8) February 14, 2018
Mark Warburton trying to take credit for players he signed doing well under another manager . Sound mate.— Geo (@Rfcgeo104) February 14, 2018