Former Rangers defender and current youth coach Gregory Vignal has said that he wants to bring his experience as a youngster at Liverpool to help bring through the next crop of Ibrox stars.

Vignal was brought in by Mark Allen at Rangers in a bid to kickstart the Rangers academy, working with the Under-14s and Under-17s to try to bring through players that can make an impact in the first team.

He played for Rangers on loan from Liverpool in the 2004-05 season, making 30 appearances, and wishes that he could have made the move permanent.

Now he’s hoping that his schooling under Gerard Houlier and Rafa Benitez can help him make a permanent mark at Ibrox over 10 years later.

Talking in the Daily Record Vignal said, “I was 19 when I went to Liverpool from Montpellier. Once there I worked with Gerard Houllier, Phil Thompson and Sammy Lee – and I learned a lot from them.

“Even when Rafa Benitez came in for pre-season I was impressed by the way he used to manage things and his training was always good.

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“I learned a lot from some top managers and that can help me in my own coaching career.”

Football Insider verdict:

This looks like another good appointment by Mark Allen at Rangers. Vignal brings in experience of working under fantastic managers, time at a huge Premier League club, along with the all-important knowledge of what makes Rangers a unique club. Celtic have been helped massively by former Liverpool man Brendan Rodgers, so it would be ironic if in a roundabout way, Houlier and Benitez help Rangers catch up. 

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