Ex-Rangers figure who left in controversial circumstances spotted back at Ibrox this week
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Ex-Rangers boss returns to Ibrox as West Ham defeated in friendly

Former Rangers manager Mark Warburton returned to Ibrox this week as part of the West Ham coaching set-up as the Gers impressed in a 3-1 friendly win.

The Ibrox side invited the Premier League upstarts and Europa League semi-finalists to their ground for a glamour friendly and fans packed inside to see a range of new signings make their home debuts.

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Before the game, both Rangers and West Ham paid tribute to Andy Goram, The Goalie tragically passing away at only 58 earlier in the month and being laid to rest earlier in the week.

With the score 0-0 at the break, Rangers played with real intent in the second period and blew West Ham away to go up 3-0 up.

Rangers played with attacking threat throughout the second 45 and new signings Rabbi Matondo and Tom Lawrence combined to open the scoring.

Lawrence rounded off a nice move with a deft first touch finish before turning provider for Ryan Kent, who lashed the ball home from the left-hand side.

Rangers then went 3-0 up through Rabbi Matondo after yet another impressive team move with the young Welshman lashing the ball home before Tomas Soucek bundled a consolation over the line.

Mark Warburton returns to Rangers with West Ham

Mark Warburton was in the opposite dugout this time but the match between Rangers and West Ham gave fans the chance to reflect on how far the club has come since the Englishman was in charge.

Alongside Hall of Famer Davie Weir, Warburton rebuilt the Rangers squad in season 15/16 after a disastrous Scottish Championship campaign and earned promotion at the first time of asking.

The Englishman then struggled with the expectation of the second season in the Premiership and as things unraveled there remains some disagreement about the ex-Ibrox gaffer’s exit.

Rangers claim they accepted the resignation of Mark Warburton, David Weir and scout Frank McParland amid links to Nottingham Forest, a claim Warbs denies even if he went on to manage at the City Ground not long after his departure in February 2017.

Not that this prevented Warburton speaking glowingly about Rangers ahead of the friendly [WHUFC].

But even if things ended badly at Rangers, there can be no denying that Mark Warburton played an important role in the journey and changed the mindset at Ibrox at the time.

Under the stewardship of Ally McCoist the club’s focus was on older players in and around Scotland and the style of play stagnant; Warburton changed Rangers’ intent to play on the front foot in a possession style game.

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It worked initially and the impact the Englishman had at Rangers can still be felt at the club, not least through captain James Tavernier, who Mark Warburton signed from Wigan Athletic in 2015.

Now with Davie Moyes’ West Ham team in a coaching capacity after leaving Queens Park Rangers, Mark Warburton is no longer the main man but his time at Rangers was clearly an important one for everyone involved.

For plenty Rangers fans, there are no hard feelings and whilst West Ham fell to defeat at Ibrox, let’s hope Mark Warburton still enjoyed his return to a club that will forever remain both the biggest job and learning curve of his career.

Meanwhile, a controversial former Ibrox star has been lamenting comments he made when he first joined the Gers from a Premiership rival.

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