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Graeme Souness: Rangers boss Mark Warburton had it tougher than me

Graeme Souness helped transform Rangers when he took over at Ibrox 30 years ago - but the former manager insists current boss Mark Warburton has faced a much tougher re-building job.

Souness, 62, is credited with re-awakening the sleeping Glasgow giants from their mid-1980s slumber.

When he took over as player/manager, the former Liverpool midfielder found a club lagging behind Celtic and the emerging 'New Firm' force of Aberdeen and Dundee United.

But his capture of big-name signings from England such as Terry Butcher and Mark Woods helped restore the Light Blues to a solid footing and set the foundations for the nine successive titles they won from 1989.

The Petrofac Training Cup was claimed on Sunday and ex-Brentford boss Warburton could take another step towards making it a trophy hat-trick if his side can overcome Celtic in this weekend's William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final.

Souness said: "He's had a far more difficult job than I had.

"There were so many things that worked in our favour at the time, such as the problems English football had.

"We could match any one of the English teams for their spending power. English teams were banned from Europe, so we had lots of things going for us. That job was a lot easier for me that it was for Mark taking over at Rangers this time.

"I think he deserves a great deal of credit.

"He's done a great job."

Meanwhile, Scotland's top-flight clubs will learn their post-split fixtures today.

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