THE RANGERS midfield each ran 12km each in the weekend’s draw with Ross County and that proves to Mark Warburton his selected three are showing the hard work required.
With Andy Halliday switched to the bench Jason Holt came in to join Jon Toral and Emerson Hyndman in the middle and the Gers boss was pleased with his choices. He also believes the stats show the endeavour his squad are showing.
It wasn’t just his midfield which Warburton changed up at the weekend, he brought in Philippe Senderos to partner Clint Hill at the back while Joe Garner made a return to the frontline.
Speaking to RangersTV he said: “The stats again tell you that our midfield alone ran 12km each; they are high numbers between Holty, Jon Toral and Emerson so the work ethic is there.
“The full-backs work ethic is there, they both ran about 11km so the numbers are there so there is no lack of desire or work ethic.
“The fans want to see Rangers win and Rangers are a club who are used to winning. The fans want to see their team win but what I don’t think they can ever accuse the team of is lacking effort and desire.
“I asked Emerson to play a slightly deeper role and our job is to see where best he is most effective.
“I think he is a very talented 8 or 10, he is a creative player, he sees a pass, and he is very tidy in the tight areas so it is up to us to make sure we use him best.
“I was pleased with the midfield, to have Andy Halliday on the bench is tremendous because he is such a determined and focused player. He gives so much when he is playing for the club.
“There was one header in the first-half that both Clint and Philippe went to and that is a lack of playing together.
“I thought in general they did very well and Clint was good on the left and Philippe stepped in and handled the ball very wisely, he played some good through balls and found blue shirts.
“Philippe’s pass completion rate was very high so I was delighted with that and it was about using the squad.
“Rob Kiernan has played a lot of football and you know what I think of Rob Kiernan, he is a very talented footballer.”
Joe Garner returned immediately to the Gers starting XI to face the Staggies after missing the start of the year with a dislocated shoulder.
The 28-year-old had a string of chances against County and Warburton insists it will take the striker time to find his sharpness again.
He said: “Don’t forget he has been out since New Year’s Eve so he was out for the best part of five weeks and it does take time.
“It was a nasty crack that he took but he is a tough player, he has come back and he has worked so hard.
“The physios have had to rein him in every single day but he is determined to play and I am delighted to see Joe back.
“It will take a couple of weeks to get his levels up but he will get there.”
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