War­bur­ton exit was not in the script for Burt . . .

The Herald - Herald Sport - - FOOTBALL - MARK WALKER

T2 Trainspot­ting has many mo­ments where the au­di­ence are shocked ... but that was noth­ing com­pared to the jolt Rangers star­let Liam Burt had mo­ments be­fore he went in to watch the film . . . he’d just learned his men­tor Mark War­bur­ton had left Ibrox.

Burt was handed his Rangers break­through by their for­mer man­ager, who is now locked in an in­creas­ingly bit­ter bat­tle with the Ibrox club amid claim and counter-claim.

The 18-year-old mid­fielder and Scot­land Un­der-19s cap­tain was hailed by War­bur­ton as a “real tal­ent” when he signed a new deal at Ibrox last year.

And Burt, who is set to play for Scot­land in their fi­nal Elite Group game in the Czech Repub­lic against Hun­gary tonight, has re­vealed the bizarre cir­cum­stances when he found out about War­bur­ton’s de­par­ture.

Burt said: “I’d trained as nor­mal on the Fri­day and later on I’d gone to the cin­ema to see the new Trainspot­ting film. I was walk­ing up the stairs when I got a mes­sage through say­ing the man­ager was gone.

“It came out of nowhere and I was prob­a­bly as shocked as ev­ery­one else. I thought that it was a joke un­til I’d checked it out my­self. I still man­aged to en­joy the film! My head was all over the place but it was a good film.

“My de­but for Rangers was a proud mo­ment. I was grate­ful to War­bur­ton.”

Now Burt has to prove him­self to new boss Pe­dro Caix­inha.

He said: “It’s been re­ally good train­ing un­der the new gaffer. He’s brought new ideas.

“I’ve not had the chance to speak to him on an in­di­vid­ual ba­sis yet be­cause he’s had a lot to do.

“The train­ing’s prob­a­bly more at­tack-ori­en­tated. Mark War­bur­ton wanted to at­tack but to keep the ball in the process. The new man­ager is maybe a bit more di­rect.

“The train­ing is sharp. Some of the drills take some get­ting used to but that’s only be­cause we’re new to them.

“I think I’m im­prov­ing all the time through train­ing with the first team. Play­ing against big­ger, stronger play­ers makes you think quicker and move the ball on a sec­ond ear­lier.

“The se­nior play­ers have all been great with me.”

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