MARK WARBURTON praised Harry Forrester after he struck a stunning late blow against St Mirren to give Rangers three crucial points in the Championship title race.

The boss’ January signing replaced Jason Holt in the 70th minute and with three minutes of a dramatic match to go he curled a superb shot beyond Jamie Langfield in front of a jubilant home support.

It was an incredible moment for the Milton Keynes-born playmaker and Warburton was thrilled to see him produce the goods at such an important stage of the campaign.

He said: “He’s desperate to do well, I’ve known Harry from a young boy, he’s a very technically gifted player but he’s so keen to do well, and sometimes you can try too hard.

“I think the first couple of games he’s trying so hard to impress but he doesn’t need to impress David and I, we know what he can do and thankfully now the fans have seen what he can do as well.”

Aside from the goal, Warburton was pleased with Forrester’s overall contribution in the short time he was on the park, adding: “Yeah, and before [the goal] he stepped in and won the ball in midfield and played it out to Billy, so he made a good impact from the start when he came on, but all the subs did.

“It’s about the squad, it’s not the eleven or the 14. Today, we had Nicky Clark for example, Cammy not getting involved, young Liam Burt not getting involved, so there are lots of players there such as Dom Ball, who will figure in a lot of games coming up.

“It’s about the squad but delighted for them because it’s a really important three points.”

St Mirren proved to be resilient opponents for the league leaders to break down this afternoon but the manager was delighted to see his side record their 21st league victory right at the death.

He explained: “It’s a home game and we’ve got a good record here. We want to come here and try and dominate and we started off slowly today, we lacked a little bit of intensity and tempo which we spoke about at half time.

“But I thought the good thing is we kept on trying to do the right thing, trying to maintain shape and get forward and be patient.

“All credit to the team and Harry Forrester for a great finish. Whether it comes in the first minute or the 90th minute they all count.”

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