MARK WARBURTON could not hide his delight after he put pen-to-paper on a three-year deal to become the new Rangers manager.
The 52-year-old travelled to Ibrox today for the first time with his assistant Davie Weir and while he was hugely impressed by the ground and its history, it also highlighted to him the scale of the job he has taken on and the size of the challenge ahead.
Speaking to RangersTV.tv in the Main Stand’s Trophy Room, he said: “It’s a tremendous privilege, an honour, a club of this history and tradition.
“You walk around the ground and the stadium, the first time for me this morning, and you smell the history. It really is an honour.”
When asked if he always hoped an opportunity to manage a massive club like Rangers would come along, Warburton replied: “You can’t hope but you do, you challenge yourself and you hope very much that you get this type of opportunity, but sometimes you dare not dream.
“We had jobs to do and things have gone well the last few years, in the last two or three years especially, so to get this type of opportunity fairly early in my managerial career is tremendous and I’m looking forward to it.”
Ibrox Stadium was empty this morning as Warburton got the chance to stroll around the pitch and walk up the famous Marble Staircase into the Manager’s Office which will now be his.
With the Championship fixtures for 2015/16 confirmed on Friday the Londoner is already looking forward to the competitive games getting underway and he knows one of the most important parts of his job will be to get Ibrox full on match days.
On the Rangers fans and the level of support he has received, Warburton added: “I’ve been staggered by the response already before today so I hope very much they know what we are about. I hope they know we are totally committed.
“We know what has to be done, we are very aware of the tradition, the history and what they demand as supporters.
“I’m very conscious of that and they have a total guarantee from me that our focus is on that, providing the right style of play, the right results and taking the club forward.”