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Andy Goram: Mark Warburton following in footsteps of Walter Smith


Success: Mark Warburton

Success: Mark Warburton


Success: Mark Warburton

Former Rangers keeper Andy Goram sees shades of Walter Smith in the make-up of current Ibrox boss Mark Warburton.

Goram was a key player under Smith between 1991 and 1998 when a hugely successful spell for the Govan club brought, among other honours, nine successive title wins.

Warburton took over at Ibrox last summer and the former Brentford boss had secured the Championship title and promotion to the top flight before travelling to Hampden on Sunday for the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic.

Goram said: "Warburton's a clever man. The players he brought in, like Wes Foderingham, Martyn Waghorn and Jason Holt, they have all started in a great way. He reminds me so much of the gaffer, Walter Smith.

"The way he talks, the way he comes across, the way he goes about his job, his respect and pride for the club, he is very similar to the gaffer.

"There was a massive gap last season. But Sunday has laid down a marker.

"Mark Warburton is going to bring three or four players in so we are not the finished article but everyone realises we are a real challenge now."

Belfast Telegraph