Former Glasgow Rangers striker Mark Hateley has blamed ex-manager Mark Warburton for the dire state that the Ibrox club find themselves in.

The Light Blues have found it tough going in the first campaign back in Scottish football’s top flight, with consecutive defeats to Celtic recently highlighting the extent of the job Pedro Caixinha has to get the club back into silverware contention.

The Rangers manager is readying himself for a busy summer in the transfer market, with reports stating that the Portuguese coach wants as many as 12 new players.

However, with transfer fees expected to be limited at Ibrox, offloading some of the deadwood at the Glasgow club will also be a priority for Caixinha, which would raise much-needed funds.

Hateley has stated that the new boss has inherited a squad that is simply not good enough – and that Warburton must carry the blame for the predicament that the club finds itself in.

“The biggest problem for Pedro is what he has inherited. Mark Warburton’s recruitment was a failure,” The Glasgow Evening Times quote him as saying.

“Without naming names, I think we could all see that there were players brought in who simply could not fit in at Rangers. Warburton also only had one plan and as a coach you need have Plan A, B, C and D when you go into a match.

“You have to be proactive and change a game before your opposite number changes things – and all of that was surprisingly poor.

“I thought Mark would have had more all-round knowledge of the game rather than be one-dimensional.

“Good coaches can see things happening and adapt. Look at Brendan Rodgers. He is proactive and makes changes when they are needed.”


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