Mark Warburton claims Rangers' system is inspired by Barcelona, and statistic proves he is doing an amazing job of imitating Catalan giants

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The Scottish Championship side have modelled their game around Barca's 4-3-3, according to their manager.

Mark Warburton has suggested that Rangers' current system is inspired by the formation that Barcelona have used to devastating effect in recent years, The Scottish Sun reports.

The Light Blues have used a 4-3-3 system since the former Brentford boss arrived at Ibrox, and Warburton explained which aspects of Barca's play he has tried to implement in his own side.

"You have to look at Barcelona and learn from the best. In my mind, that's what they are," he told The Scottish Sun.

"Their rotation, timing of movement and the way they take the ball in tight areas and the quality to find solutions to problems.

"You have to learn from that. Watching their front three play, and the midfield supporting behind it, is key to us."

While the Gers do not boast players like Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez in their squad, the use of the formation appears to have had a similarly positive impact on their fortunes this season. 

Rangers won their first 11 games in the Scottish Championship which suggested that they were going to run away with the league crown in the same way that Luis Enrique's side appear to be doing so in Spain.

What Warburton may not realise however, is how eerily similar their current situations are in their respective leagues. 

Both teams top their divisions after 25 games, having collected 63 points along the way - having won 20 games, drawn three and lost two - and boast an eight-point advantage over their nearest challengers. 

And if Barcelona go on to clinch the title, Warburton will be hoping that the parallels between the pair continue as it will mean that they would have sealed their return to the top flight. 

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