Scottish Daily Mail

Stubbs is ‘pick­ing num­bers out of the sky’

War­bur­ton hits back at jibe over Ibrox fi­nances

- by JOHN McGARRY

MARK WAR­BUR­TON has an­grily hit out at Alan Stubbs’ claim that Rangers spend four times as much on play­ers as Hibs.

Stubbs’ men closed the gap on the Cham­pi­onship lead­ers to just five points by de­feat­ing them two weeks ago and can re­duce that mar­gin by a fur­ther three points if they beat Liv­ingston at home tomorrow evening.

Speak­ing af­ter that 2-1 vic­tory at Easter Road, Stubbs claimed that Rangers were ex­actly where they should be on ac­count of their vastly su­pe­rior re­sources.

‘We’re close to Rangers and you’ve got to re­mem­ber that their bud­get is sig­nif­i­cantly big­ger than any­one else in the league,’ he stated.

‘I would say it’s at least four times big­ger than ours, so they should be out there in front.

‘Mark War­bur­ton has done a really good job. They’ve had a fan­tas­tic start, so for us to only be five points be­hind speaks vol­umes about how well we’ve done.’

Re­spond­ing to Stubbs’ claim for the first time, how­ever, War­bur­ton sug­gested that his Easter Road coun­ter­part had got his fig­ures badly wrong.

The Ibrox boss also took a swipe at Stubbs for his claim ear­lier this sea­son that the fi­nance and eco­nomics at Rangers made man­ag­ing the club easy.

‘Num­ber one: I’m not sure where they’re find­ing their in­for­ma­tion from, once again they are just pick­ing num­bers out of the sky,’ War­bur­ton in­sisted.

‘Num­ber two: I heard pre­vi­ously that man­ag­ing Rangers was a really easy job. That’s what I was told ear­lier.

‘In that re­spect, I think it’s really im­por­tant you only talk about your own club — that’s not be­ing rude.

‘I’ll be an­swer­ing ques­tions about Rangers. I wouldn’t for the life of me talk about an­other foot­ball club for the wrong rea­sons.

‘To talk about bud­gets — we have a smaller bud­get than Brent­ford had last year when we fin­ished fifth in the Cham­pi­onship.

‘Again, the fo­cus is talk about your own team.’

De­spite Hibs’ re­mark­able league run of nine wins and a draw since los­ing at Ibrox back in Au­gust, War­bur­ton has been keen to re­as­sure his play­ers that they still hold the edge in the ti­tle con­test.

‘Let’s be hon­est, the play­ers read what the me­dia pro­duce,’ he added.

‘They’ll see: “It’s a dis­as­ter, you’re only five points clear at the top”.

‘That’s what we said to them. Ev­ery­one would agree that Hearts ran away with it last year.

‘Danny Wil­son and Ja­son Holt are here now, and they were mem­bers of that Hearts team. But we are ac­tu­ally one point bet­ter off than they were at this stage.

‘That’s how bad we are do­ing. That’s not in an ar­ro­gant way. That’s just us say­ing to the play­ers not to lose con­fi­dence or the be­lief in what we are do­ing.

‘You’re do­ing OK right now. You’ve lost one game of foot­ball — a game we felt we should really have got some­thing out of.’ Mean­while, Rangers have an­nounced that Dou­glas Park has joined the board for a sec­ond time.

Park be­came a di­rec­tor fol­low­ing the Ex­tra­or­di­nary Gen­eral Meet­ing in March that saw Dave King, Paul Mur­ray and John Gil­li­gan wres­tle con­trol from the for­mer regime, pri­mar­ily the Eas­dale broth­ers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Mike Ash­ley.

Park stepped down from his po­si­tion in Au­gust due to busi­ness com­mit­ments, how­ever, and was re­placed in the board­room by his son Graeme.

The Parks Mo­tor Group chief — one of the Three Bears con­sor­tium along­side Ge­orge Letham and Ge­orge Tay­lor — has now re­turned to the club and Graeme Park will also re­tain his place.

He said: ‘It is a priv­i­lege to be asked to be­come a Di­rec­tor of this club and it was al­ways my in­ten­tion to re­turn.

‘I am con­fi­dent the club is on the cor­rect path and I am de­lighted that I am now able to re­turn to the board and help take Rangers for­ward into what I be­lieve will be a bright fu­ture for the club and the supporters.’

“You shouldn’t ever speak about an­other club”

 ??  ?? The heat of bat­tle: Stubbs (right) got the bet­ter of War­bur­ton when the teams met ear­lier this month
The heat of bat­tle: Stubbs (right) got the bet­ter of War­bur­ton when the teams met ear­lier this month
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