Walter Smith outlines Mark Warburton’s first objective as Rangers manager

Walter Smith believes Rangers need to complete one task above all others.

Speaking to the Daily Record, Rangers all-time great Walter Smith has admitted that building a team must be Mark Warburton’s first objective as manager.

Smith - who won a host of titles with the Gers - said: “The first objective is to build a team. I keep hearing that objective one is to win the Championship but right now he hardly has enough players to win a five-a-side league. They’ve not got a team, only five or six players with any kind of experience, so the priority right now has to be player recruitment so they can get a team together.”

Whilst an obvious statement made by Smith, it is certainly a truthful one considering the state of Rangers squad right now.

11 players were released following the end of the 2014/15 season, in which the club lost in the play-off final, and Warburton is left with just over a month to build a competitive squad.

Winning promotion from the Championship is the main aim this season, and so not only has he got to bring in a number of players, they have to be of the quality to actually compete at the top of the table.

Ally McCoist completed the same sort of task when he first took over in League Two, managing to make a squad with just days to go before the start of the league campaign.

Rangers still have the name and reputation to bring in players ahead of Championship rivals - and even top flight teams - and Warburton will be looking to continue his tradition of signing young talents who can develop under his watchful gaze.

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