Mark Warburton on his last legs at Rangersby Jack Kitson / 06 February 2017, 15:47Tweet
It’s no exaggeration to say that Rangers manager Mark Warburton heads into Sunday’s pivotal Scottish Cup clash with Morton under immense pressure following a wretched week in the dugout.
The beleaguered Gers boss is desperately clinging onto his job at Ibrox following a poor run of form, during which his faltering side have scraped only one victory from their last five Scottish Premier League games.
The thumping 4-1 defeat to Hearts at the start of the month loudly triggered the alarm bells, while the subsequent 1-1 draw with Ross County saw Rangers drop down to 3rd spot in the league ladder, meaning they are now a gargantuan 27 points behind table-toppers Celtic, who have remarkably only dropped two points (from 24 matches) so far this season.
Warburton will be hoping that the cup offers some respite, but he knows that a failure to topple mid-table Championship side Morton, managed by Jim Duffy, could have grave consequences.
The competition, which Rangers have won 33 times, is the club’s only remaining chance of silverware this season, having previously been dumped them out of the League Cup by Celtic, while the league is obviously out of the question.
Rangers, who haven’t hoisted the trophy since 2009, lost out to Hibernian in last year’s FA Cup final, but a win on Sunday will propel the club into the quarter-finals for the third time in four seasons.