Mark Warburton talks up the leadership abilities of his Rangers squad

The Gers boss praised the mentality of his squad as they look to maintain their perfect start.

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has cited the number of leaders he has across the squad as one of the Gers’ main strengths and highlighted the importance of their influence.

“We’ve got a number of leaders now on the park which is nice to see,” said Warburton, in quotes published in the Herald Scotland.

“There’s Lee Wallace, there’s Kenny, and then you have the likes of Danny Wilson who has vast experience at a young age really.

“Rob Kiernan likes to lead as well, and all over the park now we have leaders who like to take responsibility and mentor the younger players as well."

Rangers have utilised the loan system well this summer, bringing in hot prospects from Spurs and Arsenal, and Warburton feels the experienced heads are important in settling those young talents into life at Ibrox.

“Don’t forget that Nathan (Oduwa), Dominic Ball and Gedion (Zelalem) etc. are only 18, 19 or 20 years-of-age just, so you need that mentor role and the experience to help those young guys through as well.”

The former Brentford boss singled out veteran striker Kenny Miller for praise and highlighted his professionalism as the key to his continues success.

“It’s not about age, it’s how he uses his experience and his knowledge and his undoubted quality,” Warburton said.

“When you watch Kenny every day in training then he always gives 100 percent, he always puts it in, and he’s getting out of it what he does put in.

“It’s great for him, and again, he’s in the side and in the squad on merit, and it’s great to have that quality to call on.”

Miller’s performances since his arrival last summer have been consistently strong and the energy and enthusiasm which he was famed for in his younger years do not appear to have waned with age.

The former Celtic man forms part of a well-balanced and highly talented Rangers squad, of which big things are expected this year.

The leadership qualities mentioned by Warburton will be vital in the coming weeks and months as expectation levels rise to match results, and the number of influential characters dotted around the squad is an indication of a targeted philosophy in the transfer market.

Despite any potential qualities a player may possess, life in the Scottish Championship, particularly for a club like Rangers, comes with its own unique weight of expectation and pressure, and Warburton has ensured that those signed are up to the task.

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