Neil Warnock explains why Rangers have made 'great appointment' in Stuart McCall

New Rangers manager Stuart McCall has been lauded by his former boss Neil Warnock.

Former Leeds United manager Neil Warnock as told the Evening Times that Rangers have made a great appointment in Stuart McCall.

McCall, 50, was unveiled as Rangers' new manager at a press conference earlier today, and returns to the club he played for in the 1990's.

Then a midfielder, McCall made over 250 appearances for Rangers, and now returns to Ibrox to try and take the club back to the Scottish Premiership.

Just three wins under caretaker Kenny McDowall have left Rangers playing catchup in the Scottish Championship, but they remain in contention for a play-off spot.

The former Motherwell manager has initially been appointed on a deal until the end of the season, but could well extend his stay at the club should he earn promotion this term.

McCall's managerial education came from former Leeds United boss Neil Warnock, who he served as an assistant to at Sheffield United, before becoming a manager in his own right at Bradford City and Motherwell.

Warnock managed McCall at Bramall Lane too, so is no stranger to the new Rangers boss - and the 66-year-old told the Evening Times that Dave King has appointed the ideal manager for the club.

"I'm really pleased for Stuart, I think it's a great appointment," said Warnock. "And I'm pleased for Dave King - I don't think he could have got anybody better. Stuart is conscientious, loves the club and has served his time at Motherwell. I told him he should have left Motherwell a year earlier because he did such a brilliant job there. But he was so loyal to them and that is another quality he has got - he's a loyal person."

"So I just think it is a fabulous appointment and he will love it. Hopefully he will do well and they will give him a longer contract. It's an appointment that nobody can lose on because I think he's got a great chance of taking Rangers back up to the top division. He's done the right thing by taking it to the end of the season because he can now show the club just how good he is," he added.

McCall left Motherwell in November, departing with a 42% win percentage - and Rangers fans will be hoping he can emulate that during his time in charge at Ibrox.

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