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Mark Warburton on what is unusual about managing Rangers

The former Brentford boss has had to make a few adjustments to his approach North of the Border.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has revealed the frequency of games against the same opponents has been an unusual aspect of managing in Scotland.

Having just ten teams in the Scottish Championship means each club faces the other nine four times over the course of a season – a drastic change from Warburton’s previous position at Brentford in a 24-team Football League Championship.

“That’s new for me coming from down south,” said the Gers boss, in an interview with rangers.co.uk.

“There, we didn’t play teams just as many times, but this is the third time already we’ve played Hibs and this is only going to be November 1.

“So it’s unusual, and you need to do your homework, but sometimes you can over-complicate things by looking at too much and over-studying a team. But it’s about Rangers, and if we turn-up and do what we do well, we will be OK.”

The differences in preparation must be stark when there becomes such familiarity with the opposition but Rangers now have the measure of every team in the division and will simply need to maintain their approach.

Sunday’s clash with Hibs is a chance for Warburton’s men to put huge distance between them and the second-placed Hibees, and will be a measure of their progress this season.

Rangers stormed to a 6-2 win in the Petrofac Cup against Alan Stubbs’ team early this season but the first league game was a much tighter affair, with the Gers edging a 1-0 win at Ibrox.

Opposition defences have made things difficult for Rangers in recent weeks and the manner of their wins have been less convincing.

Sunday represents the Gers’ biggest test in the league and if they pass it – SPL football next season will be all but guaranteed already.

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