Jimmy Nicholl raves about qualities of three Rangers icons
Rangers assistant manager Jimmy Nicholl has revealed he plans to use lessons learned during his own time as a player at Ibrox to help the current crop of Gers stars be a success.
Nicholl pointed to his time working with Ibrox icons Jock Wallace, Graeme Souness and Walter Smith and insisted he wanted to bring similar attributes to his new role with the Gers.
The 61-year-old was recently recruited from Falkirk – where he was acting as number two to Paul Hartley – as the Gers look to give rookie boss Graeme Murty every chance to be successful in the hotseat.
Nicholl revealed the “motivational qualities” learned under Wallace, Souness and Smith would stand him in good stead in his return to Ibrox.
“It is about motivational qualities. Jock, Graeme and Walter had demands. It was standards,” Nicholl said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“Graeme surrounded himself with good players, and Walter, who was his best signing.
“Then he gets the England goalkeeper, the England captain, and surrounds himself with good players who know their jobs and the standards.”
Nicholl had two spells as player at Ibrox in the 1980s and also took his first steps into a coaching career in the twilight of his days with the Gers.
After leaving Ibrox, Nicholl famously led Raith Rovers to a Scottish League Cup triumph over Celtic in 1994 before leading German giants Bayern Munich 1-0 at half-time in the Olympic Stadium in the subsequent UEFA Cup run.
The 61-year-old has also assisted Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill at the 2016 European Championships in France and the recently finished World Cup qualifying campaign.
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