Mark Warburton's impact at Rangers praised by Neil McCann

Rangers manager Mark Warburton during the Scottish Communities League Cup match at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow.
Image: Neil McCann has praised Rangers manager Mark Warburton

Sky Sports pundit Neil McCann has heaped praise on Rangers manager Mark Warburton for bringing the "intimidation factor" back to Ibrox.

The former Brentford boss has now won his first six games in charge of the Glasgow giants following his side's 1-0 win over Hibernian at the weekend, making him the first manager to do so at the club since legend Bill Struth in 1920.

Rangers' start to this campaign is in stark contrast to last season when they lost their opening game at home against eventual Championship winners Hearts.

McCann, who won three Scottish top flight titles with Rangers, likes the way the Englishman has conducted himself at the club and the brand of football he has brought to Ibrox.

"I can't say enough about Mark Warburton and how he has got Rangers playing at the minute," McCann told Sky Sports News HQ.

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"I like his demeanour. I like what he has to say off the field as well and what he is trying to do to recover what he feels was lost within Rangers having an intimidation factor when teams come to Ibrox.

"The Rangers fans will be entertained this year – they will concede goals because, like most teams, they are playing open but they are scoring goals, they are winning games and it is has been a wonderful start for him."

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Rangers made it three wins out of three in the Scottish Championship with a 1-0 win over rivals Hibs with James Tavernier scoring the only goal of the game from an outstanding second-half free-kick.

McCann believes it was a crucial victory for Warburton's side, even if he thinks it was not their most impressive display.

"It was very important and I have to say that I thought Rangers were sloppy yesterday; I didn't think they were at their best," McCann said.

James Tavernier and Rangers celebrate
Image: James Tavernier and Rangers celebrate against Hibernian

"That goal was sensational; I would like to say that I didn't think it was a free-kick, I thought the referee got it wrong but James Tavernier certainly didn't make any mistake with the free-kick and he has already proved that he is good at them.

"He scored one at Easter Road when they crashed six past Hibs so he's got the ability. It was quite a sensational strike to get it up and down with so much pace."

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