FORMER Celtic star Chris Sutton insists Rangers should sack manager Mark Warburton if they lose to Aberdeen at Ibrox this afternoon.
The ex-Parkhead striker, Martin O’Neill’s first buy for the club when he arrived in a £6million deal from Chelsea in the summer of 2000, has been far from impressed with his fellow-Englishman this season.
After a series of poor results – including the 2-0 midweek flop against Hearts at Tynecastle – and awful buys in the summer transfer market, the pressure is beginning to mount on Warburton.
After drawing 1-1 with Ross County in Dingwall, Rangers needed stoppage-time goals to beat lowly Dundee and Partick Thistle in the past two Saturdays before being derailed in Edinburgh.
The Dons have not won in Govan for 25 years and are desperate to make up for their 3-0 loss to Celtic in the Betfred League Cup Final to Celtic at Hampden on Sunday.
Sutton believes a win for the Pittodrie side today would surely see Warburton finished as Light Blues boss.
The former England international, now a BT Sport pundit, emphasised: “A defeat this weekend and surely Mark Warburton is a goner.”
Sutton dismissed suggestions the under-pressure boss was supported by Dave King at the club’s recent AGM when the chairman indicated he would be satisfied with European football at the end of this campaign.
King also expressed disappointment at the team not being a “strong second” to champions Celtic who have beaten the Gers twice already this season – 5-1 in the Premiership at Parkhead and 1-0 in the Betfred League Cup semi-final.
Sutton said: “He didn’t back him. He said he wanted a strong second. A strong second? They’re not even a weak second! They’re not even second!”
Warburton’s side currently sit third in the Premiership, but would drop down to fourth if they lose today to Derek McInnes men who beat them 2-1 at Pittodrie earlier in the season.