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McLEISH, FERGUSON AND REPLACING THE MAGIC HAT

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ALEX McLEISH insists Mark Warburton called it wrong during Sevco Rangers’ 2-1 defeat against Aberdeen.
The former Ibrox boss didn’t quite see eye-to-eye with the present gaffer following his assessment of the  team as they flopped at Pittodrie on Sunday.
Warburton claimed: “If it had ended 1-1, we would have been disappointed. We dominated from start to finish.”
McLeish, though, said:”I’ve got to disagree with Mark on that statement. Rangers (sic) did play quite well in terms of possession, but I wouldn’t say they dominated.
“There wasn’t much between the teams, but I think Aberdeen controlled parts of the game. And I thought Rangers (sic) players’ body language at times looked as though they were beaten.
“However, they then got the inspirational run from captain Lee Wallace that brought about the equaliser from the penalty spot by Andy Halliday.
“They came back into the game a little bit and then it was a bit of genius from James Maddison’s free-kick that won the points.”
Warburton’s strugglers have toiled in the Premiership and picked up only nine points from a possible 21 as they languish in seventh position.
They are already seven points behind champions Celtic who have a game in hand.
Partick Thistle, anchored at the bottom, have the remarkable opportunity of cutting the gap with their Glasgow neighbours to a solitary point when they visit Ibrox at the weekend.
Warburton’s threadbare outfit haven’t won in their last four league games since a stoppage-time effort gave them a 2-1 victory over Motherwell on August 20.
Since then, they have been hammered 5-1 by Brendan Rodgers’ team and held to draws by Kilmarnock and Ross County as well as losing at Pittodrie.
McLeish added: “What you are looking for when you are on a losing streak is the performance level of your team.
“Is it what it should be? Could some players be doing better? Are you getting top performances out of certain players?
“The answer is no at the moment.”
With pressure mounting on the former City trader who has struggled in his first ever season managing in a top league, out of work McLeish’s re-appearance in the media spotlight is seen by many to be more than a coincidence.
McLleish’s skipper at the former Ibrox club, Barry Ferguson has also emerged as a commentator on all things Sevco Rangers in recent weeks, giving his opinions on the Sloey Barton affair and other matters.
A cynic would think that a shortlist of contenders to replace the beleaguered boss who has only two league matches this season and as a result has his team sitting a little above the play-off spot in 7th spot.
Should they end up in that play-off spot at the end of the season it could lead to a meeting of some old friends in either Dundee United or their cup final conquerers Hibs awaiting them.
Fun and games in Govania seem to be assured either with or without a magic hat.
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