London (AFP) – Rangers manager Mark Warburton has hit out at the “negative” reaction to his side’s 5-1 defeat by arch Glasgow rivals Celtic last weekend.
The first Old Firm League meeting between the clubs for four years, following Rangers’ return to the top flight after working their way back up following a demotion to the bottom tier of Scottish professional football for entering administration, was a lopsided affair.
But as far as English boss Warburton was concerned, much of the criticism following the match at Celtic Park was over the top.
“I felt some of the comments were inappropriate,” Warburton said Friday. “The whole media aspect up here is so negative. I’m an Englishman working in Scotland and I find it depressing that some of the comments, some of the programmes on TV, are so negative.
“One of the comments that irritated was: ‘Go to your friends on TalkSPORT (a London-based radio station) for a positive outlook’.
“Well I’d rather have a positive outlook. I’m not going to say you enjoy losing but I’d rather have a positive outlook on football than a negative one.
“Too many aspects of the Scottish media are negative and it would be good for everybody in the game if there was a little bit positivity when the situation arises.
“I’m told it’s part of the culture. I can’t understand it.
“Before Saturday I heard TalkSPORT say, ‘Good start to the season. Unbeaten. Things are shaping up well’. But the Scottish version is, ‘Just drawn with Kilmarnock – disaster’.
“It’s two completely different perspectives on the game.”
Reigning champions Celtic now lead the table by two points from Hearts, with Rangers a further two points back in third place.
Celtic also have a game in hand over their two nearest pursuers, but Warburton said: “I’m not understating the importance of the result but no-one has died.
“We’ve got to get on with it.
“People keep asking me if I’m okay. Of course we’re okay. We are professionals. The result hurt so many people, none more so than us, but we have to get on with it,” he added.
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