MARK WARBURTON has been delighted with Jason Holt’s recent form and how quickly the former Hearts midfielder has settled into life at Rangers this season.
The energetic playmaker scored his fifth goal in 18 appearances on Saturday as the Light Blues stuttered to a 1-1 draw against Livingston at the Tony Macaroni Arena.
Holt’s left-foot finish in the 22nd minute was a highlight from the game and speaking to RangersTV at Murray Park yesterday, Warburton praised the 22-year-old for his work rate and performances since he joined the club in July.
The manager said: “He’s maintained a level of consistency which is first class from Jason. There is no doubts about his quality.
“He had to work on that consistency side of his game but you look at the goal [on Saturday]; to run from our own half, to sprint past two of the opposing defenders and to finish at speed with that technique is job well done so to speak.
“So delighted for Jason, he’s really achieved a great level right now and he’s in a good place.”
Asked if he was surprised how quickly Holt has adapted to being a Rangers player, Warburton responded: “No, he hasn’t surprised me. We’d never sign players here we didn’t think added value on and off the pitch.
We saw in the first day of pre-season the quality he undoubtedly has, it was how we apply it, how he fits into our team, our team shape, our philosophy.
“But he’s tremendous every day in training, he comes in and he applies himself so well, as all the boys do.
“He’s well-liked by the group and with the work ethic, the commitment and the quality he shows there is now reason why he can’t have a great season for us.”
Holt’s desire to push into the last third of the pitch from deep has been a key factor for Rangers this season and against Livingston he got his reward with another superb goal.
Warburton added: “He runs beyond, he runs forward, and forward runners are so hard to track for opposing teams.
“Defenders want to play in front of them but Jason gets in behind, finds the pockets, he times his runs well and he shows a good quality and technique at the end.
“So he’s scored some vitally important goals for us and fingers crossed that will continue.”