SCOTLAND assistant Stuart McCall has claimed Rangers manager Mark Warburton would be “absolutely crazy to even contemplate” a move to Fulham. The 52-year-old Englishman, who succeeded McCall at the Ibrox club, has been installed as favourite for the Craven Cottage vacancy by a number of bookmakers.
However, McCall admits his long-standing relationship with Rangers, for whom he was a key figure in their 1990s run to nine straight titles, prevents him seeing Fulham in the same bracket.
“Unless it’s a top side in the Premiership, I think he’d be absolutely crazy to even contemplate it,” he said. “As big a club as Fulham are, a London club and in the Championship, he’s working at Rangers now with between 40 and 50 thousand fans every week. There is now a feelgood factor and he’s got almost a free hand.
“He’s gone on record to say anyone he’s wanted he’s managed to bring in. He’s also going to strengthen in January, he’s at one of the biggest clubs, so he’d be crazy to think about it and I’m not suggesting he is even thinking about it.
“Jackie McNamara a few years ago was being linked with the Celtic job but now he’s at York who are second bottom of League Two. Rangers and Celtic are different, with their fans’ base and the size of the clubs.
“I know Mark is from England but I can only speak for myself and I wouldn’t give it one second’s consideration. He has a chance to build something at Rangers and finish what he has started.
“He’s aiming to get a promotion and the bottom line for any Rangers manager is to stop Celtic winning ten in a row. I spoke to Paul Lambert and he puts stopping Rangers winning ten in a row at the top of his list of achievements and he won the Champions League. He received more plaudits for that. It was my biggest boot in the balls and it was his biggest achievement. Mark’s being allowed to build a side and there are expectations and pressures at Rangers but if he goes to Fulham then what are his expectations?”