John Gilligan explains why Rangers boss Warburton reminds him of Alex Ferguson

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Rangers director John Gilligan has compared manager Mark Warburton to Sir Alex Ferguson.

Rangers director John Gilligan is quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times as saying that Mark Warburton reminds him of Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Gers recorded another convincing victory on Saturday afternoon, beating Livingston 4-1 at Ibrox to take a five point lead at the top of the Scottish Championship.

With 16 wins from 20 games this season, Rangers are moving ever closer to a return to the top flight of Scottish football, and they are overwhelming favourites to lift the Scottish Championship title come the end of the season.

Much of the credit goes to manager Warburton, and deservedly so. Having left Brentford in the summer, Warburton took something of a gamble by moving up to Glasgow to become Rangers boss, despite the club's off-field problems in recent years.

So far, Warburton's gamble has paid off, as he has put together a vibrant young side, and the players are putting in top quality performances on a weekly basis now, having had something of a wobble in November and December.

Now, Rangers director John Gilligan has spoken of his admiration for manager Warburton, and is quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times as saying that he runs out of adjectives to describe the highly-rated Gers boss.

Gilligan also stated that he thinks Warburton is similar to Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson in his enthusiasm for football, and also made a comparison to former Rangers boss Jock Wallace too.

"Mark’s qualities – his work ethic, his demeanour, his professionalism, the way he communicates, his will to win, he is ambitious – you can run out of adjectives to be honest," said Gilligan. "He is a professional presenter, he knows how to present himself and that is important, he is a good communicator. If you are going to be a football manager, communication is probably number one." 

"He loves the game. He took a year out, he gave up his business and travelled Europe learning all the different things. He is an enthusiast for the game, a bit like Fergie or Jock Wallace. He is an enthusiast for the game and that was an attraction," he added.

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