Mark Warburton recalls shock after hearing about Rangers' demotion four years ago, but admits he didn't realise the implications

The Gers are on the verge of completing their journey back to the Scottish Premiership.

Mark Warburton has recalled the shock he felt upon hearing that Rangers had been demoted down to the bottom division of the Scottish game four years ago, but admits that he did not realise the full implications of what happened until he took over as manager, the Daily Record reports.

One year after winning their 54th league title, the Gers were liquidated and ended up playing the 2012-13 season in the Third Division. 

But after four years away, the Light Blues can seal their return to the top flight against Dumbarton on Tuesday. And ahead of the clash at Ibrox, Warburton reflected on his own personal feelings when he heard that the giants had fallen so dramatically, and how his time as manager has made him appreciate the importance of the club being back at the highest level.

"If you're a 
neutral looking in, you look at what's happened from when Rangers left the top flight to now and it doesn't take a genius to work out Rangers have been missed," he told the Record.

"The game has missed that level of derby. You would miss the Inter versus Milan derby, wouldn't you?

"I remember the shock of it happening four years ago. But down south you don't realise the implications, you don't realise the level of turmoil, the level of
 passion that's involved.

"You don't get that side of it. You're not in it."

As if the anticipation for Rangers' return was not high enough, the fact that they will meet Celtic at Hampden Park in the Scottish Cup semi-final later this month may see the levels of intrigue for next year reach a new level as fans begin to remember the incredible battles the two Old Firm rivals have shared, especially if Warburton's men manage to give the Scottish Premiership leaders a good game. 

And having admitted that he did not fully understand the implications for Scottish football following Rangers' demotion, once Warburton experiences the atmosphere that comes from games between the two sides, he will surely get the full picture as to what the club's promotion will mean for the game.

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