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Graeme Souness 'encouraged' by recent developments, explains why Rangers are 'unique'

Ex-Rangers midfielder and manager Graeme Souness admits he's encouraged by recent developments at the club.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Rangers legend Graeme Souness suggested that the club were unique football club as they look to get back to their glory days.

Souness, 61, played 50 games for the club as a midfielder at the back end of his career, serving as a player-manager after his arrival from Sampdoria back in 1986.

Souness won 165 of his 260 games in charge, boasting a 63% win percentage before leaving for former club Liverpool in 1991.

Now a Sky Sports pundit, Souness spoke about the recent changes at the club after a tumultuous period in Rangers' history.

Amid more off-field chaos and financial problems, Dave King and his consortium now have control of the Ibrox club, and are already busy making moves with the recent report that former Rangers midfielder Stuart McCall is set to become their new manager.

With King expected to lead Rangers back to the Scottish Premiership in the near future, Souness told Sky Sports that he's encouraged by King's start to life at Ibrox - and also explained why Rangers are such a unique football club.

"It's a monster job," said Souness on King's plans to turn the club around. "They've got a long way to get back to where they feel they should be, and where they want to be. The supporters will be patient. I think [against Queen of the South] 35,000 turned out - and that shows you the strength of feeling for that football club. It is a unique football club, and as long as the supporters feel it's going in the right direction and that there's now people in charge that are there for the right season, they'll stay with the club."

"It's an institution up there, and maybe people south of the border people don't realise it; it's something you're born to be, you're born to be a Rangers supporter, you don't become one. Walter [Smith] wouldn't turn up and be there, John Greig wouldn't turn up and be there unless the right people were in charge now, and I'm encouraged by that," he added.

Rangers need on-field performances quickly though, as three consecutive draws under Kenny McDowall have put a large dent in their hopes of returning to the top flight.

McCall will be called upon to do that, and if they do reunite with Celtic in the Scottish Premiership, all of those Rangers fans will be delighted after a torrid few years - something Souness and other Rangers fans are keen to put in their past.

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