Mark Warburton gets rude reminder in fickleness of football

Rangers manager Mark Warburton applauds the support at Hampden. Picture: SNS
Rangers manager Mark Warburton applauds the support at Hampden. Picture: SNS
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Mark Warburton has revealed how he was brought down to earth from his Old Firm euphoria by complaining fans on social media.

Just three days after a sensational victory over Celtic in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup, the Rangers boss quickly realised you’re only as good as your last result. The whingers were out in force to let him know that they were not happy with Wednesday’s 3-2 defeat by Hibs at Easter Road.

But he knows that it goes with the territory and it only underlined the demands he faces as he prepares to accept the Championship trophy tomorrow after the lunch-time kick-off with Alloa.

Warburton said: “I got a barrage of abuse because we lost a game on Tuesday night. I thought ‘wow, I got three days’ grace’. That is the nature of it.

“It was social media and I’m thinking where did that come from? It is a big club, you learn every day. You have to be careful, one slip-up can cause a furore. But it keeps you on your toes.”

He added: “We want everyone to enjoy it on Saturday, but imagine how much of a dampener it would be if you lose to Alloa. If we don’t get a result it will be a little bit subdued and we don’t want that.

“We want to go out and win the game on Saturday. We want it to be buoyant.”

The Rangers manager had more positive news on his playing resources as he gets set to complete the league season in the next week and then focus on the Scotish Cup final against Hibs on 21 May.

Martyn Waghorn is set to face Livingston next Tuesday night in a bid to win his place in the Hampden squad and Harry Forrester is also in contention after it was previously felt his season was over.

Warburton faces the difficulty of keeping his players ticking over for nearly three weeks until the final but he has made his plan – and it does not include going abroad.

He said: “It’s a mindset thing. The boys aren’t far away from vacation and once you start going to these environments it’s too easy to think that.

“We’re going to give the boys three or four days off after our last game and then we’ll go and play a Premier League down south team behind closed doors and then just train as normal.

“It’s a real challenge. You can have too many big games if you’re involved in the play-offs or too few if you aren’t.”