10 Dec Rangers: Warburton distances himself from Swansea link
Rangers boss Mark Warburton attempted to distance himself from speculation linking him to the Swansea City vacancy.
Garry Monk was sacked from the Premier League outfit on Wednesday and Warburton was amongst the frontrunners for the position alongside Brendan Rodgers and David Moyes.
Warburton dismissed reports linking him to the Fulham job last week and the Rangers boss refused to be drawn into reports from the Times which said Swansea had sounded him out for the role.
“I’m just going to repeat what I said last week I surely can’t go down that road again,” he said.
“It’s flattering to be linked with jobs but it’s down to the players. You only ever get linked if you’re winning games of football.”
Many supporters and pundits have been pleased with the annoucement that the League Cup will be revamped, however, Warburton raised concerns about the group stage format against smaller sides hindering their preparations for the season ahead.
“I’m not sure it suits the bigger clubs when the last two games are against lower opposition I mean that respectfully. I don’t think that’s the ideal scenario, not for elite level,” he said.
“Because there’s a referee it doesn’t make it a competitive game I don’t mean that to be disrespectful in anyway.
“I’d like to see a top Premier League team or Bundesliga side at Ibrox and see where we are a week before the start of the season.
“I’d like to know one week before the start where are we before a very important league campaign for us.
“I understand many will be happy with the format I’m sure and you are talking about spreading money out in the system but then the other conversation is the elite end.
“Personally I want the best pre season programme for Rangers that’s got to be my aim. We’ve got to provide the best possible competition and preparation for what I hope will be a successful league campaign.”