Mark Warburton has insisted that he is “bemused” at suggestions stating that he will not be able to deal with the pressure of managing Rangers in the Old Firm derby next month.

The 53-year-old, who took charge of Rangers in the summer, has managed to guide his club to the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup, where they will face Celtic at Hampden on 17th April.

The Gers are also en route to returning to the Scottish Premiership, under the stewardship of Warburton, for the first time since they had to start in the fourth tier, following their liquidation in 2012.

However, it has been suggested in some corners that the Englishman will buckle under the pressure in the Old Firm derby.

But Warburton, whose side have also managed to reach the final of the Challenge Cup, explained that he should not be a Rangers manager if he cannot deal with managing the Ibrox outfit against their arch-rivals Celtic.


“I'm bemused by people saying I won't be able to deal with it”, he said in his pre-match press conference.

“If I can't deal with it I shouldn't be doing the job.”

One week prior to the Old Firm derby at Hampden, Rangers will play Peterhead in the Challenge Cup final at the same ground.

And Warburton stated that during that final he will gauge the nature of the surface at Hampden.

“It’s important to have your national surface the best it can be so it will interesting to see it in the Petrofac”, he continued.