DAVID WEIR insists he and the Rangers coaching staff are working tirelessly to create a parity between defence and attack after seeing the number of goals scored by the Light Blues dry up in recent weeks.
Having hit 15 goals in the opening three matches of the new season, the Gers have scored just eight in the seven games following on since.
Weir does however take heart from a much more solid defence, with just two goals going in at the other end in those five wins and two draws, and he also pointed to other teams becoming wise to exactly how Rangers try to play.
He told RangersTV.tv: “We’re looking to get the balance right in the team. Earlier in the season, we were scoring a lot of goals and conceding probably more, but now we are conceding fewer and maybe not scoring as many.
“Trying to perfect that balance is always the case in football. There are positives to be taken in terms of keeping clean sheets, defending well and defending intelligently though.
“You also have to give the opposition a lot of credit. They have identified the likes of James [Tavernier] and Lee [Wallace] and how effective they were at scoring and getting into positions where they can create chances and goals.
“They do a lot of work to block the sides of the pitch and get people in those areas to make it harder for us.”
Manager Mark Warburton was highly critical of his side’s performance in the last 20 minutes of Sunday’s win over Queen of the South, and Weir shares that assessment although he remained delighted at collecting another three points on the trail to the title.
He continued: “There were certain things in the performance that we could have done better, and as usual, we will look to improve. It’s a difficult place to go however, and we won 1-0, scored a great goal and had a clean sheet, so there were definitely positives from within the game.
“With the way we try and work now, we always look to see where we might be better, and certainly, there were aspects we could have done better.
“Ultimately though, we got the result.”
The winning goal came from a quite stunning Kenny Miller strike, and Weir paid tribute to his striker for his work ethic throughout this season.
He added: “Kenny has been fantastic, and he still has that same energy and that same enthusiasm for the game that he has always had, and the quality of his goal yesterday speaks for itself.
“Day-in and day-out in training, even the day after the game, he is still full of those qualities, and that’s a massive asset for our football club.
“He just keeps doing it, so we just have to manage him to make sure he can do that for a long time to come.”