Derek Johnstone claims few people had heard of most of Rangers' squad before the start of the season

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Mark Warburton has led Glasgow Rangers to plenty of success during his first season at Ibrox.

Derek Johnstone has suggested that Rangers' success this season is all the more impressive given that few people had heard of the majority of their squad before the start of the campaign, the Evening Times reports.

After a disappointing year that saw the Gers fail to secure promotion to the Scottish Premiership and fall to a hugely disappointing defeat to their Old Firm foes in the League Cup, the club turned to the team of Mark Warburton and David Weir last summer. 

And after overhauling much of the squad that struggled last year, Warburton has taken the Light Blues to the Scottish Championship title, as well as Challenge Cup success while the Scottish Cup final is just around the corner. 

And former Gers star Johnstone believes that few would have imagined what the club would achieve this term given the reputation of many of the squad members shortly after their arrival at Ibrox.

"The board will be delighted with the job that Mark and David Weir have done, and they will be delighted with the efforts of the players this season. Not many people had heard of most of them last summer but they have come in and made a real impact," he told the Evening Times.

"To get where they are now at the end of their first campaign together is a terrific achievement."

While the likes of Martyn Waghorn, Harry Forrester and James Tavernier have all enjoyed stunning campaigns since joining Rangers, it is fair to say that their careers were stagnating somewhat while they were playing in the Football League. 

Few that watched Waghorn and Tavernier before they moved to Scotland would have anticipated that they would have scored 30 league goals between them this season with 23 assists also under their belt. 

And those kind of performances should give the fans confidence that if another crop of largely unproven talent comes through the door this summer - Josh Windass, Matt Crooks and Jordan Rossiter would arguably all fit into that category - they also have the potential to take the club back towards the summit.  

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