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Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday explains why Warburton is a class apart

Mark Warburton is a contender for manager of the year.

Rangers star Andy Halliday says boss Mark Warburton gets his vote for the manager of the year award following a terrific debut season at Ibrox, the Daily Record report.

The Gers boss is up for the First Division manager of the year award and it would come as a huge surprise to see him miss out to Hibernian’s Alan Stubbs or Falkirk’s Peter Houston.

In his debut campaign at Ibrox, Warburton has masterminded Rangers’ promotion back to the Premiership, a Petrofic Training Cup success and a Scottish Cup semi-final win over Old Firm rivals Celtic.

Halliday believes the former Brentford man gets the best out of his players, and due to his success this term, would be a deserving winner of the manager of the year award.

“The one thing I will say about the gaffer is that he certainly is a calming influence. He puts so much belief into his players and gives you that extra five or 10 per cent,” Halliday told the Daily Record.

“He's a bit of everything in terms of his demeanour in the dressing room. He's calming but strict in the right areas. He has brought discipline to the club but we are all fighting for him out there.”

"He's got to be a contender for manager of the year, that's for sure. If you look in the Championship, there is the gaffer, Alan Stubbs at Hibs and Peter Houston at Falkirk. But the gaffer would get my vote.”

"It's all credit to him and the staff, the progression we've had in the last 12 months."

Warburton arrived at Ibrox last summer having taken Brentford to the Championship playoffs.

His reputation of building young, exciting teams which play football in an expansive manner hasn’t alluded him in Glasgow as the Gers have dominated the first division in impressive fashion.

Should Rangers win the Scottish Cup final and earn a place in next season’s Europa League, there can be little doubt as to who has been the outstanding manager in Scotland over the past 10 months.

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