Lee McCulloch explains what has already improved under new manager Stuart McCall

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Rangers captain Lee McCulloch admitted new manager Stuart McCall has already improved the training sessions at the club.

Stuart McCall has only been Rangers manager for just over a day, but club captain Lee McCulloch told their official website that the new boss has already improved training sessions.

McCall, 50, returns to Ibrox as Rangers boss until the end of the season, 17 years after leaving the club as a player - when he was a hero having made over 250 appearances for the club under Walter Smith.

The former midfielder now returns to Rangers having left Motherwell in November, and arrives as the replacement for Ally McCoist and Kenny McDowall, who both resigned in recent months.

McCall will be expected to help Rangers kick on and push for promotion to the Scottish Premiership, and if he does that then he may well manage to earn an extended contract come the summer.

It's a tough task on his hands though, with Rangers currently on a run of no win in their last three games, leaving them 22 points behind league leaders Hearts.

A play-off place will be Rangers' aim under McCall, and captain McCulloch admitted to the club's official website that the new manager has already improved training sessions in his short time in charge.

"It's been good as there's been a bit of a lift about the place and the players have felt that too," said McCulloch. "The new manager has came in and put his new stamp on things."

"Training has definitely increased in tempo and all of the stats are up from the players - so it's been good so far. We know that as players we will only really be judged on games so it's about showing the right attitude tomorrow, being brave and getting on the ball," he added.

Rangers face Livingston at Ibrox later today in what will be McCall's first game as manager - and he'll be hoping that those training sessions will pay dividends this afternoon.

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