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Malky Mackay raves about Rangers-linked John Eustace, calls him 'a real warrior'

Malky Mackay has been full of praise for midfielder John Eustace.

Former Celtic defender Malky Mackay has told the Daily Record that reported Rangers target John Eustace is a 'real warrior'.

According to reports from the Daily Record earlier this weekend, new Rangers manager Mark Warburton wants to make midfielder Eustace one of his first signings at Ibrox.

The 35-year-old midfielder is a free agent this summer having seen his contract with Derby County expire, though the Daily Record believe there is also interest from the likes of Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday.

That means Rangers may have to move quickly to sign Eustace, who is travelling to Glasgow for talks with Warburton over the coming days, according to the report.

With Eustace potentially heading to Ibrox this summer to reunite with former Watford coach Warburton, his ex-Hornets boss Mackay has had words of praise for the veteran.

Speaking to the Daily Record, Mackay says that Eustace is a 'real warrior', and midfielders like him are a dying breed in the modern game.

"John’s a real 
warrior, a leader, someone who pulls people in around him and gets them playing as well," said Mackay. "I don’t like to use the phrase ‘a dying breed’ but there aren’t many of them around any more. He’s a guy who orchestrates things in 
the middle of the park. He was my captain and he was an outstanding professional."

"Even then, and it’s five years ago now, people were questioning his legs but in centre mid, he was the absolute leader of my team. He was a good voice on the pitch – something there’s far too little of these days – and a good guy around the changing room," he added.

Necessary leadership?

Last season, Rangers captain Lee McCulloch came in for huge criticism from supporters - but he has now left the club, leaving Rangers with a hole to fill as skipper.

Eustace looks to be the perfect candidate, possessing years of experience and the required leadership qualities to help Warburton's men achieve promotion to the top flight.

With a young midfielder like Andy Murdoch playing alongside him, Eustace could pass on his wisdom to Rangers' young talent, filling a vital role for Warburton at Ibrox.

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