MARK WARBURTON admits the words of wisdom from Rangers legends John Greig and Walter Smith are helping him to handle life in the Ibrox spotlight.

The Light Blues boss has been at the centre of speculation surrounding his future in recent days after he was linked with the vacant managerial position at Fulham.

Warburton took to Twitter on Wednesday night to play down reports of interest from Craven Cottage and has once again re-affirmed his commitment to the Gers.

It has been a whirlwind start to his Ibrox career for the former Brentford boss but he has taken on board the messages from two club legends to help him deal with a range of issues.

He said: "It's a steep learning curve. With the greatest of respect, I don't get fazed by certain aspects of it, but you deal with it and hope you have the tools and attributes to step up and answer the questions.

“At a club of this stature there are a lot of demands and a lot of questions. It's the same with the players, but it helps with David Weir and Jim Stewart being around.

“It helps that you can think of what you are going to say at these meetings and give some real thought to it.

“The danger in this role is if you walk in ill-prepared for whatever it is, a press conference, a training session, a pre-match speech. If you are ill-prepared at this level you pay the price and I can't afford to do that.

"I've got Jim Stewart here. I'm not the smartest guy in the world far from it, but I've also got my own thoughts on how you behave.

“I conduct myself how I think is appropriate. I'm big on respect and how we behave in this environment. I give respect to who I am speaking to and I expect it back in return.

"Walter's great. He comes in after the game and has a chat and it's fantastic to have access to that font of knowledge. John Greig comes in too and I speak to him too.

“There are other managers down south I speak to as well. It's great to have access to that type of experience.

“You've got to take what you think works for you. You can take as much advice as there is in the world and you can keep taking advice, but at the end of the day you do what works for you."

While Rangers have made plenty of headlines for their exploits on the park so far this season, the furore over his future is the latest off-field matter Warburton has had to deal with so far this term.

The 53-year-old is unhappy with the way the Fulham link has been reported in recent days and admits he is learning to cope with the scrutiny and pressure he is under on a daily basis at Ibrox.

Warburton said: “There won’t be a crisis but if there is then it’ll be up to us to deal with it.

“As Davie Weir rightly side, if there’s a bad result then don’t read the papers. If it’s a good result, read the papers.

“The expectation comes from the supporters. It was here long before me and it’ll be here long after I’ve gone.

“But they also want to see players who are committed. Everyone can have a bad day at the office but as long as they see the players are giving them 100 per cent commitment then the supporters will be happy with that.

“What went on [on Wednesday] took me aback because it was inappropriate. But that has nothing to do with being a big club - it’s about inappropriate behaviour.

“It’s not about being at Rangers or Madrid or Man United or Barca, it’s just inappropriate. But I’m not taken aback by anything about the club itself.

“It’s a huge club with a huge global fan base, a weight of expectation and a fantastic history. We know all of that and we know what we have to do.”