Warbs: I Enjoy The Spotlight
MARK Warburton says he is confident he has assembled a group of players who can cope with pressure at Rangers.
The manager admits it is hard to recruit characters who can deal with the expectations and attention that playing for the Ibrox club brings but insists he has no doubts about any of his squad handling it.
Rangers dropped points at home to Ross County last weekend in the league and now face in form Morton in the Scottish Cup on Sunday and Warburton is telling his players to keep enjoying their time with the Gers.
Speaking to RangersTV Warbsy said: “We have to get players to come here who can deal with the pressure. They have to deal with a 50,000 crowd, a tremendous away support and the expectation and responsibility that comes with it.
“They have to be able to deal with it and not every player can but many can and that is part and parcel.
“Why do we have the bigger budget? Because you need players to come in and deal with the expectation.
“The focus is on them, the media spotlight is on them, walking about the streets of Glasgow it is on them and the key is enjoy it.
“You must recognise that you are privileged to be here, enjoy every moment that you spend at Rangers Football Club.
“There are a lot of young players here and it is the first time for many of them to be at a club this size and to deal with the spotlight and the focus.
“It doesn’t happen overnight, they have to understand it and appreciate it, it can be a shock at first, it can be a struggle at first and it can take time to adapt but there is no doubt that every person in the squad is more than good enough to deal with it.”
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Warburton has been vocal about the intensity that comes with being Rangers manager but he maintains that despite an upped focus on him of late he isn’t feeling the pressure anymore than usual.
The Gers gaffer continued: “You are always under pressure as a Rangers manager or a Rangers player and if we draw a game of football it is nearly a disaster and if we lose a game of football it is a disaster.
“So we have to recognise that and it comes with territory of being at a club of this stature but the one thing that bothers me is for people to think that we don’t appreciate the demands of this club or don’t appreciate the backing we receive.
“You can read the papers, you can read the media and I flew home on Saturday after the game and had some great chats with some of the Rangers fans who were tremendous in their assessment and see the bigger picture.
“There is no doubt we fully appreciate everything that is associated with Rangers but what we have to do is win games of football.”