Jim Duffy suggests impact Warburton's exit will have on Rangers in Sunday's cup tie

Rangers manager Mark Warburton during the match

Glasgow Rangers take on Morton in the Scottish Cup in the first game of the post-Mark Warburton era.

Jim Duffy has suggested that he expects Mark Warburton's departure to actually have a positive impact on the Rangers side that takes to the pitch for their Scottish Cup tie with Morton on Sunday, the Daily Record reports.

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The tie will be the Gers' first game since Warburton's Ibrox departure was announced, and without a permanent replacement ready to step in yet, under-20s boss Graeme Murty will take charge of the Scottish Premiership side for the game against their second tier opponents. 

Rangers manager Mark Warburton during the matchMark Warburton

But despite the uncertainty, Morton boss Duffy expects the recent events to actually strengthen the Light Blues' chances of booking their place in the next round of the competition.

"I think the atmosphere will change. I think the Rangers fans will rally round their team," he said, as reported by the Record.

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"When there is a bit of frustration or anger it is generally vented towards the dugout but if there is no one in the dugout, it generally means you will be a bit more supportive and a bit more positive.

"I think it will probably help the Rangers players, particularly initially in the game because I think the Rangers fans will certainly get behind them."

General View of Ibrox Stadium

It would hardly be a surprise if Rangers do experience an upturn in form on Sunday as the team may reflect upon the game as an opportunity to make a fresh start and perhaps a first chance to impress whoever may come in as Warburton's replacement.

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And having not won either of their last two, the Rangers players may also perhaps feel that it is the ideal opportunity to get some momentum back before they switch their attention back to the league next weekend as the race for second really begins to kick into top gear.

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