IBROX icon John Brown has revealed just how impressed he has been with each of the three central defenders Mark Warburton has used so far this season.
Each of Rob Kiernan, Danny Wilson and Dominic Ball have filled the two berths in the Rangers side, with Kiernan and Wilson forming the most recent partnership with Ball sitting just in front of them as a defensive midfielder as the Light Blues have kept four clean sheets on the bounce.
Speaking firstly about Kiernan, Bomber explained: “He’s come up here and had to create new partnerships. It’s a new defence and goalkeeper, and it takes time, but Kiernan has been solid and has been reliable.
“He’s probably been the pick of the central defenders up until now this season. We know Danny’s past though with him having played with Davie Weir at the back before he went to Liverpool, and then he captained Hearts last season, so he’s built on that experience.
“Ball coming in has impressed, and he’s getting regular games which is a big plus for the club, and there is the option to play him in midfield too.”
While goals being stopped at the back door is something to be positive about, the lack of goals at the other end – just four in the last four games – is something significantly more concerning.
Last Saturday saw Gers fire their first blank of the season with a 0-0 draw against Kilmarnock, meaning the two sides will replay in the Scottish Cup this Tuesday at Rugby Park.
While the clean sheet was pleasing for Rangers, the manner in which the goals have dried up – with Gers scoring just four in their last four games – will have concerned manager Warburton, although Brown believes the boss will still be able to take some positives from the stalemate.
He continued: “We got into so many good areas without ever really having too many clear-cut chances. We were playing a Premiership side though, and that will have told Mark just how far on with his squad he is. You’re talking about a team coming to Ibrox which has been struggling, and they have sat in and hit on the counter, so Mark will have learned a lot from that and hopefully he will have seen a few chinks in their armour that we can expose on Tuesday.
“Hopefully we will get through and set-up a home tie in the next round.”
Before the Cup replay however, Rangers face a trip to Alloa on Saturday, and Brown expects the Light Blues to do turn in a good showing.
He added: “Alloa have one of the oldest astro surfaces, it has been well used and from my experience there in the time I had at Dundee, it is a slow pitch, but Rangers won there comfortably earlier in the season with our style of football, and I would hope we can continue that and set it up for Tuesday night.”