Ex-Ibrox defender questions whether Mark Warburton can handle pressure if Rangers fall further behind Celtic

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RICHARD Foster insists Mark Warburton has to expect scrutiny and criticism at Rangers – and has questioned whether the Ibrox boss will be able to handle the pressure from his own fans should they fall further behind Celtic.

Foster himself came in for stick during two separate spells with Rangers before he was released by the Govan outfit following their play-off defeat to Motherwell in 2015.

However, the St Johnstone defender is fully aware of the stresses and strains associated with being at such a big club with massive expectations.

(Pic: Jeff Anderson)
(Pic: Jeff Anderson)

Foster said: “Rangers fans want to see Rangers back to where they were, up at the top of the league, challenging Celtic for the bragging rights in Glasgow and Scotland.

“They’re very vociferous and they don’t hide their opinion.

“If the gap starts to widen between themselves and Celtic then there will be more grumblings, certainly from the Rangers fans.

“It remains to be seen whether Warburton can handle that extra pressure.”

Warburton hit back at his critics earlier this week in the wake of Rangers’ 5-1 defeat to Celtic and claimed over-the-top negativity in the media is bringing down the Scottish game.

TRICKY QUESTIONS

However, Foster insists the former Brentford manager will have to steel himself for further flak if Rangers fail to win matches.

The 31-year-old added to the BBC: “You’re going to get tricky questions if you’ve just been beaten 5-1, so as a player and a manager you need to expect that and you need to deal with it.

“At Rangers you’re expected to win every single game. There would have been Rangers fans expecting to beat Celtic last Saturday.

“And that’s only going to intensify if the gap between them and Celtic increases.

“It’s four points at the moment, with Celtic having a game in hand, and the further Celtic get away there will be more pressure on every single game.

“He will have to learn to deal with the criticism if Rangers don’t win.”

@IainCollin

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