ROB Kiernan can become a star of the English Premier League according to his manager.

Mark Warburton heaped praise on his centre-back and tipped the player, he’s known since a boy, for the top. He was Man of the Match in Rangers 2-0 win over Morton on Monday evening.

And Warburton believes finding consistency has been crucial for the 25-year-old’s form – Kiernan had played for 11 clubs in his young career before moving to Rangers.

Warburton said:

“He has that desire to become better and I think that Rob Kiernan is capable of going and playing in the English Premier League. David Weir has played at that highest level and thinks the same as I do.”

“Rob has everything in his locker; he is both technically outstanding and physically at six foot three.

“The work that he does at Murray park day in and day out is fantastic – he has everything and I think that he could go on to play at the highest level.

“I haven’t said it up until now, but I’ve been amazed that anyone would ever have been critical of Rob.

“I think he has been absolutely outstanding for us; his quality of pass, his strength, his desire has been absolutely first class for us.”

“I can’t speak highly enough of him and I’m amazed that anyone would even question Rob Kiernan.”

Kiernan has been near enough ever-present for Warburton’s side this season, playing 26 out of Gers 29 games.

But for his manager it’s his commitment at the club’s training ground that has really shown how seriously he takes his job.

Warburton continued: “Tuesday was a day off for the players and Rob is one of many who came in to do their work and their cool down.

“For me, he has come in here with a real focus and a real hunger to do well for the club and that has been displayed every time that he has pulled on the shirt this season.”

“I look forward to seeing Rob going from strength to strength and I’ve no doubt that he will do.”

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