WILLIE HENDERSON has been so impressed with the huge strides Rangers have made under Mark Warburton this season, and he admits he would love to have worked under the Englishman during his playing days.
The former Ibrox winger has been following the Light Blues’ progress this season and he has enjoyed the football which has helped clinch the Championship title and the Petrofac so far in 2015/16.
Having worked under Scot Symon, David White and Willie Waddell during his years at Rangers from 1960 to 1972, Henderson got to see different management styles and feels Warburton has the ability and skills to get the best out of his players.
The Gers legend said: “I would have loved working with Mark Warburton. Why? He is an honest type of person, he’s very professional, he wants the best out of players. What else do you want in a manager?
“He’s worked in the City so he’s had a lot of experience there, he will have had a lot of experience dealing with people and he can get the best out of them.
“That’s what he is doing at Rangers and he’s getting every ounce out of the players which is why the club has won the Championship title, the Petrofac Cup and we still have a Scottish Cup Final to look forward to.
“So it’s been a breath of fresh air, absolutely brilliant, and that performance in the first half against Celtic was top class – Rangers have played really well this year and it’s been exciting to watch.
“The supporters have followed our club for the past four years in the lower leagues but this last year has been by far the best.
“However, nobody will know more than the manager that there is a lot of work to be done when the club moves up into the next division next season.”
While Willie admits to being a fan of Mark Warburton, he believes the way he played in his prime might not have been suited to today’s football.
He added: “Well, the game’s changed for wingers. I suppose what would happen is that you would just adapt to what the manager would want out of you.
“I don’t think there is as much room for individualism in some of the games now.
“If you look at someone like Barrie McKay, I’ve only seen the games at Ibrox but since Mark Warburton came to Ibrox there has been a vast improvement in the player.
“I would say the game against Celtic was a culmination of his efforts and the work that Mark Warburton and his team have put in with him.
“That was a sensational goal against Celtic, you don’t score goals like that, and in that semi-final he set a standard he has to try and get to every week when he pulls on that Rangers jersey.”
Willie took part in a Twitter Q&A for the Rangers Youth Development Company yesterday. Click here to read his answers to questions sent in from Rangers fans.