Rangers: Jon Daly backs Mark Warburton for Ibrox success

Mark Warburton applauds the Brentford support
Mark Warburton led Brentford to fifth place

Exiting Rangers striker Jon Daly thinks Mark Warburton will be welcomed by the Glasgow club's fans as their new manager.

The former Brentford boss and assistant David Weir have signed three-year contracts at Ibrox.

"Having seen Warburton's teams play on TV last year, I think the fans will take to him," Daly told BBC Scotland.

"I think he has a good philosophy on the game and a good style of play. I think the fans will buy into that."

Stuart McCall was given the manager's job at Ibrox until the end of the season and was hopeful of winning the manager's post on a permanent basis.

But Rangers missed out on promotion after losing a play-off to Motherwell, which will lead to a rebuilding of the squad.

"They need to get players in now - they have let myself and another 10 players go - so he needs to get them in and over the line," said 32-year-old Daly.

"There's still some quality players there and good experienced players like Lee Wallace and Kenny Miller and a lot of young pros.

"Boys like Tom Walsh and Ryan Hardie have had a little taste of it this season and next season might be the year they kick on."

Warburton, a 52-year-old whose playing career was with English non-league clubs Enfield and Boreham Wood, led Brentford to promotion from League One and they finished fifth in the Championship this season.

However, he had a difference of opinion with the club's owner and Daly thinks he will find himself much more in the media spotlight at Ibrox.

Jon Daly shows his disappointment with Rangers
Jon Daly had a disappointing final season with Rangers before being released

"Obviously it's a massive job," he said. "There's a lot of pressure on the team and on the players.

"From a media point of view, there's more scrutiny and the pressure to win every game is immense.

"It is not just about winning - it is the manner in which you win and, if you don't win 3-0 or 4-0 every game, you come under criticism from certain sections as the fans want to be entertained."

Daly, who joined Rangers from Dundee United in 2013, defended former manager Ally McCoist, who resigned in December.

"Ally McCoist was brilliant at keeping the lads away from all the stuff that was going on off the park and keeping us focused on the football," he said.

"When he left, that kind of thing crept into the dressing-room, which obviously didn't help.

"The manager did a decent job, but it obviously got too much and I was disappointed he resigned."

Daly, who is considering options in England, Thailand and United States, played 28 times for Rangers last season but was disappointed to find himself used mainly as a substitute.

"I was injured at the start of the year and needed a clean-up on my knee and never felt that I got the opportunity to get a run of games," he added.

"I felt I could have helped the team and it was coming out that I was unfit, which I wasn't, which was quite frustrating."

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