LEE WALLACE has praised his teammate Rob Kiernan after his goal and towering performance helped Rangers secure three points against Hearts on Saturday.
The skipper was proud of his side’s display at Ibrox and admits it was arguably the best of the season, with Ian Cathro’s men unable to cope with the Light Blues’ attacking play on this occasion.
At the back Rangers also impressed with Kiernan playing his part in keeping a clean sheet while also beating Hearts’ number one Jack Hamilton in the 29th minute for the opening goal – his first for the club – in the 2-0 victory.
Wallace, speaking to RangersTV, was thrilled for his teammate, he said: “Yeah, he fully deserved that and I’ve seen the manager’s comments on Rob and I can only agree.
“I think Rob has all the attributes to go to the very top and I think, in how we play, how he can dominate that position, not just in his defensive responsibilities but how we maximise our possession and how we build through the thirds.
“We are always going to start with Wes, with Rob, with Danny, with Clint, with Philippe; we are always going to start off at these positions and Rob epitomises that, the natural, modern-day centre half in terms of stepping into the midfield, playing a left-foot or right-foot diagonal 50 or 60 yards pinpoint pass.
He’s got great work ethic in and around here, that’s one thing I do admire about him. Every detail about him, from his diet, to how he warms up pre-training, what he does after training, and I’m glad he got his rewards at the weekend with his first goal.
“You can see in his celebrations he was delighted with that.”
At the other end of the pitch Joe Garner again put in a terrific shift for his side and he fully deserved his standing ovation from the Ibrox faithful when he was replaced by Joe Dodoo in the 88th minute.
Lee added: “Like I was asked in press two or three weeks ago when all these doubts were surrounding Joe, I think it was just about being patient and us coming to him so to speak.
“I think it’s clear to see, and again it’s something I’ve read a lot over the last few weeks, that we are now altering to a Plan B or the manager has changed his style, far from it.
“We are finding solutions for the problems we are facing on match days where we know that both Hearts and Aberdeen have tried to adopt like a man to man system, more so from when we are trying to get started through Wes.
“Obviously it’s been tougher for these teams to do that at Ibrox, big pitch and big spaces, and we capitalise on that. But Joe has certainly benefited from the approach and, when I say direct approach, it’s not long punts or long balls into the channel.
“We’re adapting to each other, he’s realising that if teams are going to come and press and lock on then we might need to miss that press out.
“If that means playing a diagonal measured pass through good technique from Danny Wilson or from Rob Kiernan, or indeed if we are playing the ball to Joe Garner to give us a fighting chance of getting on to second balls.
“Joe did that at the weekend superbly well and it’s a great attribute to have within our team and how we play in our Plan A system.”
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