Warburton’s incessant whining is tiresome – where’s the dignity?


Disrespectful! A phrase used by Mark Warburton so much now that it has replaced dignity as the Ibrox side’s buzzword.

The Englishman has been disrespected so much in Scottish football that his press conferences are now watched as part of drinking games. He mentions disrespectful and everyone has to down their drinks. Everyone gets pissed.

After all, it is the only thing to get past the irritating whining from this former city trader – as the media keep on reminding us.

Warburton was touted for big things in the English game before making the move to Rangers. From his imaginary magic hat to his whining about disrespect during press conferences, the former Brentford man has now turned into the old whinging git out of the TV show One Foot in the Grave – Victor Meldrew!

The latest whingefest centers on Celtic manager Ronny Deila having his say on artificial pitches days after Warburton spent over a week bitching about the Alloa pitch being shortened and how the Rugby Park surfaces’ anti-Rangers bile spilled over to crock top penalty scorer Martyn Waghorn – after comparing the injury to those picked up in a school playground.

Deila disagreed with the calls to ban artificial pitches in Scotland, saying that he would welcome more 3G pitches in Scotland as long as they were up to standard and that high-quality synthetic turf could actually help improve the standard of Scottish football.

Speaking ahead of Celtic’s trip to Hamilton Accies at the weekend, Deila said: “In Norway, half of the top league play on artificial pitches and that has been a positive thing. That is why there have been so many more talented players coming from Norway in the last few years.

“My view is that a very good grass pitch is number one and then a very good artificial pitch is number two. What is important is that if we get more artificial pitches in Scotland, they have to be of the best quality.

“You also have to treat them in a very good way, the same as natural grass. If not, they get flat, harder and more slippy. It’s normally not a problem here, but every artificial pitch should be watered because that makes the game quicker and more entertaining to watch.

“There is much more risk of injury if it is dry, because then you have friction as a bigger problem. If you water it, there is no science that says an artificial pitch is more dangerous or causes more injuries. There is no truth in that, I can assure you. There has been a lot of research into that and there’s nothing to say you get more injuries on artificial.

“Go out there on our artificial surface on our training ground, that’s a good one. And we keep it like that. You can also think, if we had it at Celtic Park, all the teams could play there. Imagine what Celtic Park could be.

“You could train there every day, you could be very familiar with it, get perfect circumstances all the time. So there are a lot of positive things. I would say yes to an artificial pitch at Celtic Park. I wouldn’t have a problem with it. It has to be perfect, with a proper watering system, but yes.

“I think it would take a few years to get to that stage. In 20 years’ time, the artificial pitches are going to be unbelievably good. I was also very sceptical when I was a player, I wasn’t sure about artificial pitches. But I played my last year on artificial and it was okay, no problem.

“In my view, it is very old fashioned to say they should not be for professional football. Again, a bad artificial pitch is just a bad pitch. The problem in Scotland is that, like in a lot of small countries, there isn’t so much money to invest in football.

“If you have the money they have in England, you will get a perfect grass pitch all the time because they can afford to work on them all the time.

“It’s much harder to keep the grass pitches in good condition here. That’s when it’s good to have good quality artificial pitches.

“I think the one at Kilmarnock here is okay, when it is watered. The Hamilton one should also be okay, but it’s slippy. I don’t know why, it’s not normal. You can see that it’s not the best quality. I haven’t seen a top, top quality one in Scottish football yet. The one we have at our training ground is the best.”

Nothing wrong with Deila’s comments surely?

Hawd on a minute. Old-fashioned? How dare Deila say it is old fashioned to think that artificial pitches should not be for professional football!

In the face of such overwhelming disrespect, Warburton took off his magic hat and donned his Warburton loaf cap to hit back at the manager of the Scottish champions.

Warburton said: “If Ronny did say that then I think that’s disrespectful because you are entitled to your own opinion.

“I think the one line for me that jumped out from that interview is number one, there’s a good grass pitch and number two there’s a good artificial pitch. If you’re happy to accept second best then go for the artificial pitch, if you want to set the higher standards then you go for the best quality of grass pitch. That for me was the one sentence that summed it up.”

So it is disrespectful because Warburton was entitled to his opinion – but does that now mean that the serial whinger disrespected Ronny Deila? After all he is entitled to his own opinion as well – is he not?

Despite his incessant moaning about anything and everything, Warburton is the darling of the Scottish mainstream media. God forbid he was a Norwegian manager who had actually won a league title and domestic cup in his homeland before taking over the top job – rather than one whose side bottled it in the playoffs.

All this whinging and cries of disrespect fails to hide the fact that Warburton as a manager is naive – from trying to shape his side into the Govan equivalent of Barcelona – the Barcelona Bears – he has been found out in several games this season against some sides in the lower echelons of the Championship as well as Premiership side St.Johnstone.

Maybe he should be working on a Plan B rather than constantly moaning about how he is not afforded any respect – despite that respect having to be earned not handed to him on a silver platter. I guess his days of being a city trader are coming back to him.

What will happen next season if Rangers do – and they will – win the Championship title? Being rigid in your plans won’t help when facing any side in the Premiership let alone the top three of Celtic, Aberdeen and Hearts.

Despite the constant claims from some [glue sniffing]Rangers fans that they would easily win the title without spending the £30 million that Dave King promised them, it won’t be as easy as they think and god forbid Warburton gets on the wrong side of the ‘Warburton Loaf Brigade’ by not winning the title at the first time of asking.

What will he whine about then?

Mind you he could be snapped up by the English FA before Rangers kick off in the Premiership – after all, he was earmarked for the English job. A respected position in world football – a role perfect for Warburton.

The cry was no disrespect!


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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