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Mark Warburton: I’ll be sacked if it takes me three years to challenge Celtic

Mr Warburton has responded to Coisty’s press comments with some bullishness.

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Mark Warburton would be out of a job if it took him three years to challenge Celtic, according to the man himself.

Mr Warburton was responding to our dearly departed Coisty, who said he believed Rangers were three years away from being on a level footing with Celtic.

Regular readers of this blog will be aware that we are not in the business of ignorant Coisty-bashing, but it’s nice to see our manager stick to his guns. It would be easy to simply shy away, point out the disparity in the wage bill, and claim second place as a triumph. But this is Rangers, and that’s not how it works. Proof that being a diehard Rangers man and legend doesn’t necessarily mean you’re best placed to ‘get’ the club and instill it into the players. As any analyst from could tell you, there is still a structural and financial gap between the Old Firm - but that doesn’t mean it has to show on the pitch.

Speaking in his press conference, Warburton said:

"The expectation of the club, let's be realistic, if I turn round and say I've got three years to get it right? I don't think so. So we have to be quicker than that. If those timescales are accurate, and I hope they're not, then I won't be here. "

"The game's about opinions. Ally is a very experienced man, huge Rangers connections, quite rightly legendary status at the club. So Ally is entitled to his opinion and I've seen Walter (Smith) speaking and various other people. The beauty of the game of football is everyone has got a different opinion."