PEDRO CAIXINHA believes Declan John can be a great asset for Rangers this season with the on-loan Cardiff winger able to play in several positions on the left side of the pitch.
The 22-year-old has already shown his attacking qualities with two well-taken goals, the first of his career, in the 4-1 away victory over Hamilton Accies on Friday night.
John slotted in at left-back for the injured Lee Wallace at the SuperSeal Stadium and was a constant threat as the Light Blues secured three valuable Premiership points.
Caixinha was pleased with his summer signing’s energetic display against Martin Canning’s men and insists he will only get stronger as he works on the defensive side of his game.
The manager, speaking exclusively to RangersTV, said: “Declan is a player that was never coached how to play as a left back, so he did it a couple of times with us and he did it very well, because we are a team that likes to attack and likes to have the full-backs go up and attack, so he can give us that.
“We will try to coach him a little bit more now, not only to defend the wide area but the relation with the winger in front of him, the midfielder on his side and also the centre-half from his side.
He needs to know those relations and which space he needs to cover when he is defending, but he is also a player who can play as a winger.
“He can provide us with those sort of approaches on the game and even for example if in one special game, at any stage of the game, we need to play with three on the back, he can be the one that is full-back and winger at the same time.
“So we have players that can perform and give us some different characteristics and some different options depending on the problems or the solutions you might need to look for in the game.
“Declan is growing in that position, now we need to coach him how to defend in that position because, as you see, getting in attack and being involved by the overlaps or underlaps or getting on the box, crosses delivered and even scoring goals, he’s doing it.
“Now we need to work on the other parts to have a balanced player as well.”