MARK WARBURTON knew all about the demands at Rangers when he joined the club in the summer 2015, with his sidekick David Weir able to inform him if he didn’t already know.
Draws or defeats are deemed unacceptable when you are in charge of the Light Blues, but even after wins there can be ripples of discontent which can take new players at the club by surprise.
After Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Partick Thistle there was a sense of disappointment from the stands that Rangers were unable to build on their two-goal half-time lead in the second period.
And Warburton himself admits that there was frustration in the dressing room with the overall performance produced against the Jags, despite three points being added to the club’s Premiership tally.
When asked if it can take new players time to adjust to the demands at Rangers, the manager told RangersTV yesterday: “That’s a great question because I listen to some of the commentaries from the Premier League down south and the top Championship clubs down south.
“They talk about Spanish players or other players coming in and taking six to nine months to come in and settle down.
“I remember [Erik] Lamela coming to Spurs and people saying it took him 12 months to settle in and now he’s producing a fantastic level of football.
“But 12 months to settle in…the expectation here at Rangers is such that players are expected to deliver immediately, and it takes time.
“It’s a different culture, different demands, different responsibilities at the club. The weight of expectation, dealing with so many different things and we laugh and joke about the weather, but it is players dealing with different circumstances.
We’ve got to be a little bit patient with them, but as I say the expectation from the fans is quite rightly always there. They’ve got to recognise it and try to respond that bit quicker.
“David Weir always said to me that you can get booed off at half time when it is nil-nil [at Rangers].
“It happened to us and you could see the players’ faces, but they have great experience and role models in the dressing room with the likes of Lee Wallace as skipper, Kenny Miller of course.
“They’ve been here and done it, they understand what the fans expect, what the crowd expects, and what we have to do.
“You’ve got people coming in and I’ve mentioned Clint Hill, the level he has played at and the number of games he has played, yet he is still shocked by the media interest, media speculation and media comments.
“It does take some getting used to, so I think we need to give the boys as much space as possible.
“But we are getting there, we are only eight games in, so hopefully as we go forward now we make real progress.”
Warburton, who had to watch Saturday’s game from the Directors’ Box due a touchline ban, gave his thoughts on the 90 minutes against Partick Thistle, with the full interview now on RangersTV.
He added: “I was not satisfied with the view from the stand! But apart from that, obviously we wanted to get results and it is three important points.
“I fully appreciate that, but disappointed with the performance.
“I think if I look at the Ross County game, Queen of the South, Aberdeen, we didn’t necessarily get the points or the goals we wanted but they were far better performances.
“I thought we were a little bit loose in possession, lacked a bit of tempo and intensity compared to recent games.
“But it was two good goals, an outstanding goal from Niko who I thought had a very good game individually, and we got the result which is important.
“So I would like to see the level of performance, the consistency of performance, being at a higher level and if we do that the results will follow.”
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