Just hours after telling the assembled media, who lapped up his every word like dutiful poodles, that he wants to focus on the Morton game on Friday night rather than the Scottish Cup semi final clash against Celtic Mark Warburton sat down for the official club website to talk about – you guessed it that Celtic game.
Earlier in the day, Warburton stressed that the Championship clash with Morton on Friday night was his priority, he said: “Right now we have a job to do. You could have a scenario whereby you could go into that semi-final, you could win by seven goals, if you don’t do your job in the league, you have had a shocking season.
“Our aims at the start of the season were not to win a cup final, of course go as far as you can in the tournament, but our aim was clearly about the league and you can’t lose focus.
“It is our job to make sure we have got that task done in the league. There is a big game on Friday against Morton, that is the key right now. If we can get our job done and win the games of football, when it comes round to the game against Celtic it will be fantastic, we will enjoy it and prepare well for it but now it is not in our thoughts.”
But despite banning his players from talking about the Celtic game, it seems that the same doesn’t apply to the former Brentford manager.
In an interview with the official Rangers website, Warburton focused on the Celtic match, he said: “I don’t think we are a surprise and let’s have a sense of reality for a moment, they [Celtic] have a high quality squad.
“We will go into that game, touch wood, in good form with lots of self-belief and we will play them very well – there is no doubt about that.
“But they are top of the Premier League and have had five years plus in European competition and have the budget and the players.
“We are appreciative of that, we respect that but in no way will we go into it with a negative approach.
“It’s about Rangers and we know it will be a tough test and it’s another challenge for us but the players have responded all season to tough challenges. We will look forward to that game but the key message is; not yet.”
Earlier he had discussed the criticism that Celtic manager Ronny Deila has faced, he added: “I have never met Ronny, I am sure he is very aware of what is involved when you take the job like Celtic or Rangers. You set your targets at the start of the season, and one of the targets will be to win the league.
“They have been at the top of the league, they are in a cup semi-final. Everything will be geared towards the European aspect of it, but again, has he had a shocking season?
“I am not going to talk about another club’s business but I just feel sympathy that he has achieved on a number of fronts and all I hear is criticism. I think a manager like Ronny deserves more than that.”
But let’s focus on the Morton game this Friday….