MARK WARBURTON was delighted with the performances from Harry Forrester and Michael O’Halloran on Saturday, with both players returning to the Rangers starting eleven against Queen of the South and finding the net.
Forrester opened the scoring after 14 minutes with a terrific right-foot finish after clever build-up play involving Andy Halliday.
Then, with the game level at 1-1 at half-time, O’Halloran put his side back in front just a couple of minutes after the restart when he controlled a deep cross from captain Lee Wallace and slammed a shot beyond Queens keeper Robbie Thomson.
With Barrie McKay and Billy King on international duty with Scotland’s Under-21 squad, both Forrester and O’Halloran grabbed their chance with both hands as the Light Blues secured three crucial points with a dramatic 4-3 victory at Ibrox.
Warburton, speaking to RangersTV at Murray Park today, said: “Harry is hungry, I think that’s four goals in five games for Harry now.
“Michael again is getting used to a new role for the team so delighted for Michael because it’s a completely different style of play and he’s learning about that.
“He’s getting better every day and he maintains his width and he got his goal, so delighted for him.”
After joining Rangers on the last day of December in 2015, Forrester admitted he needed games to get back to full fitness and Warburton can see the progress he is making, saying: “Yeah, he’s getting there but he’s also benefiting from the work off the pitch.
“He’s benefiting from the conditions, working with Craig (Flannigan) and Gary (Sherriff) and the team, the medical staff are first class with him.
“So everything around the environment here is good for Harry and he needs that care and attention.
“He’s had some injuries in the past, so it’s about making sure Harry is in the best frame of mind and physically ready to compete at the level.
“Technically, there is no doubt about his ability, his quality is clear for all to see.
“He’s a goalscorer, he wants the ball at his feet, he likes to entertain and he will be a very good acquisition for Rangers.”
The manager was also impressed with the finish his January signing O’Halloran produced against the Doonhamers, adding: “It’s about maintaining width. He could have gone in too early, in which case that ball would have past him and the defender.
“But he maintained his width, his timing was good, first touch excellent and he calmly put the ball away.
“So delighted for Michael but as I say he’s learning about how we play. We have a lot more of the ball, he has a marauding right-back in Tav behind him who wants to get forward as well.
“So their partnership will blossom undoubtedly and also pre-season will be big for Michael.”