MARK WARBURTON was delighted, and of course relieved, to see super sub Harry Forrester net his stoppage time winner against Dundee to secure three valuable Premiership points.
The talented playmaker has struggled to cement a place in the Gers starting eleven recently but once again showed his undoubted quality in this afternoon’s league fixture after he replaced Kenny Miller in the 77th minute.
With four minutes of injury-time confirmed by the fourth official, the game looked to be heading for a draw before Joe Dodoo crossed from the left and Harry’s terrific glancing header with his back to goal somehow found the far corner of Scott Bain’s net.
After the final whistle Warburton was understandably keen to praise the club’s number 15 who now has three goals in three games against the Dark Blues from Tayside.
The manager, speaking to RangersTV post-match, said: “He’s a good player Harry, he’s had his frustrations but there is no doubting Harry Forrester’s ability.
“He’ll be the first to say that maybe his training quality had dipped for a couple of weeks, and the players have got to work hard.
There is no lack of effort from Harry but sometimes the quality, he felt, had dipped a little bit, but he’s come back strongly the last few days and delighted for him.
“Joe Dodoo as well came on, Barrie McKay was the first name on the teamsheet last season, but young Barrie is only 21 years of age, he’s been fantastic and he’s got a great career ahead of him.
“The boys that came off had been excellent, no problem with them whatsoever, delighted for them.
“Josh Windass, really delighted, best half of football I think in the first half, but he is a young player that’s getting his fitness and we have to work with him.
“Our job is to make sure he can maintain that quality over 90 minutes. That’s the task and he’s getting there but I thought today he was very good in patches.”
The Ibrox faithful voiced there frustration when Windass was taken off in the second half but Warburton hopes they can see the bigger picture.
He added: “I heard the crowd reaction when I took Josh off but maybe they have to look at it a bit deeper.
The fact is he is a young player who has had some niggling injuries and our job is to make sure that he can produce that level of performance week in, week out.
“Likewise Harry, right now Harry is a very effective substitute. What we have to do is make sure Harry wants to be a 90-minute player.
“That’s the aim for all the players and Craig Flannigan (Rangers’ Head of Performance and Preparation) and the team here. The medical boys are working so hard and the players will get there.
“There is no doubting their work ethic, but we have to look after the young players.
“People like Jason Holt, Barrie McKay, these are 21, 22-year-olds so make sure we look after them and they’ve got big careers ahead at the club I’m sure.”