Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told the Glasgow Evening Times why he’s wary ahead of naming his official captain for the forthcoming season.
Warburton is under pressure to get the Gers off to a good start in the new campaign, as the club go about their main goal of trying to get promoted into the Scottish Premiership at the second time of trying.
The manager has praised the way that Lee Wallace has performed with the responsibilities of the Rangers captaincy, but is yet to make an official decision over the role.
“Sometimes you can burden players with the captaincy. It is a big responsibility and sometimes players want to focus on their own game,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“To perform week in, week out with that blue shirt on and to play at Ibrox is a big challenge in itself and sometimes adding the captaincy to that is a bridge too far too soon for some players.”
“In Lee’s case, he has been magnificent. He has relished the responsibility and we will see how it goes from here.”
Arguably Warburton’s biggest decision so far
Who leads Rangers over the course of the next year could be Warburton’s biggest decision since he came in as manager.
It’s a massive dilemma for the manager because he needs someone who he can rely on and someone he knows will communicate his instructions effectively during intense games.
He also needs to know that his captain is going to act in the right way and represent the club positively away from the pitch.
The Rangers captaincy is a full-time responsibility and not something, which is simply confined to 90 minute situations on a weekly basis.
Warburton can’t be blamed for taking his time over the appointment and whether it’s Wallace or not, hopefully the skipper can lead by example and front a very successful season.