I think right now he has to be given a little bit of time but he has made a helluva lot of bumbling errors in team selection. People say the manager knows best as he sees the players in training and while he may know the players best its not what they do in training that should determine that, its what they do on the competitive field of play that matters.
Time and again he has under estimated the game in this country, under estimated the opposition and under estimated the threat certain teams carry. He has picked players in games they are clearly not ready for and I could give countless examples as I know you could yourself Trav.
The latest one was giving a starting place to Crooks, ok the midfield may have been a little thin due to injuries and what not but there are options available to him and some rather decent ones too. Mckay for example has CM stamped all over him but Warburton chooses to play a guy who has only played 15 minutes or so competitive football and that was over a month ago. It smacks of either ignorance, arrogance, or simply not having a clue about your own players but I think its a little bit of all 3.
There is no question we have players that are more than capable of finishing 2nd in this league but the other night they struggled to pass to their own team and imo that is down to how the manager has prepared the team. Look at Hearts on the other hand, strong, assured, brave and going for the jugular. Now I know you can lose games and its just not your night but last night was not one of those nights, something seems not quite right and its the manner of the defeat rather than just the defeat that gives me the greatest cause for concern. He said he knew how they would play but had no answer for it, Im sorry I cant accept that, he underestimated the threat Hearts carry and that is not acceptable.
Do I think he can turn it around, yes I believe he can because at the end of the day we have actually played some decent football even though we haven't been getting the results. Perhaps had we picked up points in the games we should have won then confidence and momentum could have been so different. At crucial times the team have failed to deliver and last night was a crucial game, having the chance to pull away from Hearts and Aberdeen while meeting Aberdeen at the weekend.
The next two games will tell us all a lot about Warburton and this Rangers team but I do think he deserves a bit of time despite his stubbornness to change style and actually access the opposition properly.