FORMER Rangers star Neil McCann has accused Mark Warburton of squandering his Rangers summer transfer budget.

The Ibrox boss’ recruits were also criticised by McCann, who reckons they have failed to make the desired impact since arriving at Ibrox in pre-season.

More than £2million was spent during the summer with a total of 11 players coming in, including £1.8m on Joe Garner joining the likes of Philippe Senderos, Niko Kranjcar and Clint Hill at Murray Park.

However, few have caught the eye in the Ladbrokes Premiership with marquee signing Joey Barton already having departed following a stormy short spell at the club.

McCann believes the Rangers transfer kitty was spent poorly as Rangers have fallen way of the top-flight pace to runaway leaders Celtic.

He said: “Of course you are judged on your signings. And then it is about trust. If you are giving money out are you going to trust your manager to spend wisely?

“[Matt] Crooks and [Jordan] Rossiter can be forgiven because of injuries. That is really unlucky and I actually think Rossiter is a good young player who will be a saleable asset.

“As for Crooks, I have spoken to a couple of people who say him and [Josh] Windass have lots to offer. So they have been unlucky there.

“Barton was an absolute disaster and I’ve said my piece on that. I think it was handled really badly.

“Kranjcar was nowhere near fit when he came from Cosmos. He was miles off the pace of the Scottish game. He was just starting to find it then he gets this horrible injury. So he’s gone.

“Senderos? What’s happened to him? I think there will be questions asked on recruitment and if you don’t have a lot of money to play with – albeit it’s quite a lot compared with everyone else in the league – you have to hope your manager spends it right.

“It hasn’t been – and I’m not speaking out of turn. It’s not worked because the boys haven’t made an impact on the pitch.

“It remains to be seen whether he is given some more. I’d imagine it’s moving people on to get people in.”

Barton was of course the most high profile recruit but one of the most frustrating players to come in has been that of former Preston striker Garner.

The 28-year-old has only managed to score three goals in 15 games during his time in Glasgow, with him being substituted off after just an hour in Saturday’s narrow 2-1 win over Partick Thistle.

However, McCann was reluctant to blame the out-of-sorts forward for his poor return, instead questioning Warburton’s judgment for bringing him in to an unfamiliar system in the first place.

He said: “I’ve watched him at Preston, he scored all manner of goals and a lot of them were crosses into the box.

“He said himself he wasn’t used to this style of football, but when you’re spending the lion’s share of your budget on someone who’s not used to that’s style of football, you question the player on why he’s come, has he been told it’ll be different and you question the manager on what his style is if he’s bringing a guy like that in.

“It’s as if Joe’s in the wrong movie.”

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