MARK Warburton has praised Jason Holt’s hard work after the midfielder returned from injury to star against Ross County and admitted he had been missed. 

The 23-year-old had been missing since early August with an ankle problem and hadn’t started a game since the Gers opening fixture of the season against Motherwell in the League Cup.

Holt played 73 minutes of Rangers 0-0 draw against the Staggies and looked lively in a midfield three with Andy Halliday and Josh Windass.

Warburton took time out to praise him, he said: “Jason Holt did great, to be out for five weeks and to deliver that type of performance for 70 minutes is all credit to him and to the staff who have worked with him.

“Jason gets beyond and you saw his movement and his energy today, he is a player that we have missed in the last few weeks.”

Rangers’ next game in the Premiership sees them travel to last season’s league runners-up Aberdeen.

The manager had been hoping for a reaction this weekend after his side were beaten in the Old Firm derby and believes what he saw stands them in good stead for Sunday’s clash.

Warburton continued:

“I’m pleased with what I saw ahead of Aberdeen next weekend, the boys have dropped two points and don’t get me wrong I’m not happy about that but we wanted to see a performance.

“If we play like that we will win nine times out of 10 so we’ll take the positives out of that and we’ll move forward from here.”

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