Former Celtic defender Mick McCarthy describes Mark Warburton as a ‘real gem’

Former Celtic defender Mick McCarthy speaks highly of Rangers manager Mark Warburton.

Former Celtic defender Mick McCarthy has told The Scottish Sun that Mark Warburton would prove to be a good managerial appointment for Rangers.

Scottish giants Rangers have appointed Warburton as their new boss for the 2015-16 season.

Ipswich Town manager McCarthy was impressed with the way the Englishman managed English Championship club Brentford in the recently concluded 2014-15 campaign.

The 56-year-old former Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers boss believes that Warburton could have a similar effect at Glasgow outfit Rangers.

“The prospect of taking over a huge club like Rangers won’t faze Mark,” McCarthy told The Scottish Sun. “It’s a great job for him and Rangers are getting a real gem of a manager.

“Never mind losing his job at Brentford — the club should have erected a statue of Mark outside the ground for what he did there.

“With David Weir as his right-hand man, I guess they will have the perfect combination as well because David is well-loved at Rangers and he proved to be an astute ally at Brentford. “That’s a good combination and it bodes well for the future.”

Good appointment?

Warburton did a remarkable job at Brentford and led the Bees to a top-six finish in the English Championship in the 2014-15 season.

Brentford are not a big club and did not have a great team, but the Englishman got the best out of the players and fared much better than expected.

Rangers will be looking for promotion from the Scottish Championship to the Scottish Premiership next season, and Warburton could make that happen.

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