DAVID WEIR praised Andy Halliday after the midfielder got on the scoresheet for the third game in a row from his holding midfield role.

The Gers number 16 has been in terrific form of late, and his curling left foot shot which made it 2-0 against Partick Thistle before half time again highlighted his desire to find the net while also dictating play from the engine room.

With Joey Barton currently serving a three-week club suspension, Jordan Rossiter recovering from injury and Matt Crooks playing for the Development squad to get match action under his belt, Halliday’s performances, and goals, have been all the more pleasing for Gers’ assistant manager.

Weir told RangersTV after the final whistle: “Andy obviously brings a lot to the team with his enthusiasm and his energy but he has also got a lot of quality. It’s important we don’t underestimate that.

He’s a very important player for us in that position. Ultimately that’s not his job [to get goals] but it’s a nice thing to add to your game.

“He’s obviously played further up the pitch in his career so he’s got that attribute within his game.

“He’s very composed when he gets chances and he’s got a lovely left foot. Today was another example of that.”

Mark Warburton made three changes to his starting eleven for Rangers’ eighth Premiership match of the campaign with Niko Kranjcar, Kenny Miller and Philippe Senderos replacing Harry Forrester, Joe Garner and Clint Hill.

It was Swiss stopper Senderos’ second appearance of the season following his red card debut at Parkhead, but Weir was delighted with his contribution against the Jags.

He said: “Absolutely, it’s difficult coming into the team. Clint Hill has been ill the last couple of days so Philippe has stepped in and I thought he did well.

“It’s difficult because he hasn’t played a lot of football recently but he is very experienced, very composed, and he brings a calmness to the team.

“I think he was a good swap for Clint, adding the experience we had lost through Clint, so I think it turned out to be a good choice.”

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