Redknapp: Survival so tough

Rangers currently find themselves languishing in 19th place with fellow newcomers Leicester and Burnley also in the relegation zone – and Redknapp has stressed the difficulties of acclimatising to top-flight football.

“I don’t know what people expect,” Redknapp said ahead of facing the Clarets on Saturday.

“Unless you’re a massive??club with great resources, you’re stepping into a different division completely??- it’s very difficult.

“The other two lads (Nigel Pearson and Sean Dyche) have done amazing jobs at??Leicester and Burnley and we’re not cut adrift. We’re still right in amongst??it.”

Foxes boss Nigel Pearson was involved in a heated exchange with a fan during Tuesday’s 3-1 home defeat to Liverpool, and Redknapp said of the situation: “I’ve been lucky with home fans wherever I’ve been but away from home you get??grief, you hear things that make you feel sick – idiots who sit there with their??grandkids and shout filth.

“It’s not easy, I’m quite likely to turn round and give someone a mouthful. It doesn’t do you any good but it’s very hard when you feel you’re being hard done by.

“You pick a team, send the players out, what can you do? Nobody wants to get??beat. People moan at Nigel Pearson, he’s got more or less the same team that came??up last year.

“We’re all in the same boat – there’s not an awful lot of difference in the??teams that came up, it’s different if you’re spending ??25million on a striker.

“I don’t know what Leicester fans expect Nigel to be doing, he’s done an??excellent job so far.”