MARK WARBURTON was delighted to see Michael O’Halloran take home the man of the match champagne following Saturday’s impressive 3-0 victory over Kilmarnock at Ibrox.
The lightning quick winger has started recent Premiership fixtures against St Johnstone and Killie and shown just what he brings to the Rangers team with his direct running and power on the ball.
Having brought the striker to Rangers at the start of the year Warburton knows all about O’Halloran’s attributes and the manager hopes the 25-year-old can keep improving while trying to retain a place in the club’s starting XI.
Speaking to RangersTV, he said: “He’s worked very hard Michael, he’s had to be patient.
There are areas of the game, and Michael will tell you, he’s had to improve on and work on, which he has done, but his pace is blistering, his power, his direct play is striking and he gets into some great areas.
“So there is loads of work to do, him and Tav are combining better and working hard, and we’re really pleased with Michael in the last two games.
“There is a fight and he knows it’s a fight because you had Martyn Waghorn on the bench [against Kilmarnock], you had Joe Dodoo on the bench, you had Barrie McKay on the bench and Harry Forrester.
“We have got striking options which we have to have at a club like Rangers, but I’m delighted for Michael, a well-deserved man of the match and looking forward to seeing how he develops from here.”
Another player who caught the eye against Kilmarnock on Saturday was August signing Joe Garner.
The combative forward again put in a great shift for his team, and he was rewarded when he scored the third goal in the 47th minute with a flicked finish beyond Jamie MacDonald.
While it was undoubtedly a team effort against the Ayrshiremen, Warburton was more than happy to praise Garner for his tireless graft in the last third of the Ibrox pitch.
He said: “Joe is working really hard and as we have said in previous chats [on RangersTV], when you come into a team like Rangers we have 65 to 70 percent of the ball nine times out of 10.
“It’s about getting used to that, it’s about what type of play we are looking for.
I thought Joe’s link-up play was excellent, he got the free-kicks when we needed them, he secured the ball, linked up play, he won his aerial battles, he’s fantastic in the air in both boxes.
“His presence was there for all to see, so I think he really enjoyed it and that struck us I think.
“We said to the players at half time they must have enjoyed that performance, and enjoy going to work.
“Whatever job you are doing, enjoy going to work and I think on Saturday they certainly enjoyed going to work.”