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Alex McLeish on why English players are a better choice for Rangers

Mark Warburton has used his knowledge of the English game to great effect on the recruitment front.

Former Rangers manager Alex McCleish has applauded the club’s decision to focus their recruitment on English players this summer.

Warburton’s former role as Brentford boss gave him an extensive knowledge of talent in the English lower leagues, as well as in the development squads of some of the biggest teams in the Premier League.

The likes of James Tavernier, Martyn Waghorn and Nathan Oduwa have made the journey North and taken the Scottish game by storm – and McLeish believes it’s a character trait that makes English players the better option.

“The turnover in personnel was very important and you have to credit them for their choice of players they have brought in,” he said, in quotes published by the Herald Scotland.

“I think English guys always seem to be a wee bit more arrogant – and I don’t mean that in a bad way – than Scottish guys.

“I am talking about their general confidence and approach, so I think there have been a few shrewd signings, good players, from England’s lower divisions and some good loan players.

“For me, half the manager’s job is getting recruitment right,” he added.

McLeish’s comments are unlikely to go down well with the Scottish contingent currently plying their trade, but a greater confidence is to be expected due to the higher standard of the English game.

The likes of Tavernier and Waghorn will feel that if they can perform consistently in the English Championship, then they should be pulling up trees in the Scottish equivalent.

That natural confidence has been evident in their displays this season and there has been nothing to dampen it as of yet.

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