‘Rangers men’ at club is key, says Mal­colm

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BOB Maclolm, for­mer Rangers player, has sup­ported Mark War­bur­ton’s pur­suit of Scott Allan and the cap­ture of Andy Hal­l­i­day – be­cause he be­lieves hav­ing Rangers men will be cru­cial to his Lad­brokes Cham­pi­onship hopes.

Mal­colm never hid his colours dur­ing nine years at Ibrox but watched oth­ers with so-called ma­jor rep­u­ta­tions wilt un­der the pres­sure of play­ing for the Light Blues.

Hal­l­i­day is a life­long sup­porter and his close friend Allan is too, both hav­ing been reared on the 9-in-a row squad of the 1990s.

Mal­colm knows Hal­l­i­day well hav­ing worked with the midfielder in the sec­ond half of the 2013/14 sea­son at Black­pool, when Barry Fer­gu­son took over the team af­ter Paul Ince and Alex Rae were let go.

“I think it’s re­ally im­por­tant to have Rangers men about the club and I’m also pleased that Mark War­bur­ton and Davie Weir are go­ing down the route of buy­ing Bri­tish play­ers,” Mal­colm said.

“Davie, of course, knows the club so well even if he has been away for a few years and that will be very im­por­tant for Mark War­bur­ton.

“The big ques­tion is whether the lads they have signed from Eng­land are able to han­dle play­ing for Rangers. They might be com­fort­able in front of 8,000 or 9,000 but it will be a dif­fer­ent ball game play­ing be­fore 40,000-plus ev­ery other week.

“I just hope they don’t get caught like rab­bits in the head­lights be­cause it has hap­pened a few times in the past.

“Play­ers with big rep­u­ta­tions have come to Rangers and have ba­si­cally flopped. World Cup win­ners have been at the club and strug­gled to han­dle it so these guys need to be good char­ac­ters.

“I’m sure Mark War­bur­ton and Davie Weir will do their best to en­sure that they get the right types – and I think they have al­ready said that.”

Mal­colm, as­sis­tant to Fer­gu­son at Clyde, con­tends that Hal­l­i­day of­fers great ver­sa­til­ity to Rangers who face Hibs at Easter Road to­day in what is sure to be a feisty af­fair in view of the on-go­ing spec­u­la­tion over Allan’s fu­ture.

Mal­colm said: “Andy’s a good lad and the great thing about him is that he can play dif­fer­ent po­si­tions. When he came to Black­pool he wanted to play cen­tre mid­field but he ended up do­ing a great job for us at left back for a spell.”

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