Ally McCoist has praised Lee McCulloch's decision to stay at Rangers when many other players were jumping ship.
First-team players such as Allan McGregor, Steven Davis and Steven Naismith left Ibrox last summer when the club were liquidated.
However, McCulloch opted to stay and has been key for Rangers this season, scoring 12 goals in 13 games after taking over as captain.
"I remember Lee being the first person to say he was staying in the summer and it's no coincidence that he's now a major player for us now," McCoist told the Daily Record.
"We'll desperately need him in the coming months. When he made the decision, it gave the fans a bit of hope and something to latch on to.
"They needed something like that and, along with Lee Wallace, it gave the staff and supporters a real boost when the lads said they wanted to stay.
"Lee is a perfect example of someone who has taken on responsibility this season.
"All the older ones have, like (Neil) Alexander, Wallace and even Emilson Cribari in the last few weeks, but McCulloch has stepped up to the mark and he's not surprised me in that."
Rangers travel to Clyde on Sunday and McCoist is confident they can register their first away win of the season.
"I'm hoping the fact we went top of the league on Saturday might have an effect on the players and we can go to Broadwood confident," he said.
"Going top should lift them mentally and if we can get that away win, it would lift another mental block.
"It's annoying more than anything else. You can talk about surfaces or stadiums all you like but it's time we started going to these places and winning.
"It's amazing because it's the same fans I see at the away grounds. When you've been at a club for so long you see individual supporters who travel everywhere - from Forres to Berwick.
"I feel for them but I do see a better acceptance of what has happened to us as a club and where we are. There was an opinion, which was wrong, that we'd win every game in SFL3. I knew that wouldn't be the case.
"But people are taking a step back to look at the bigger picture. We lost 28 players in the summer and had to bring in young lads so there's a bit more acceptance.
"In saying that, we still have to win this league and get promoted."