Rob Kiernan expects experience of new boy John Eustace to boost Rangers

Rangers' manager Mark Warburton.
Rangers' manager Mark Warburton.

Rangers defender Rob Kiernan believes the experience of imminent signing John Eustace will prove a valuable asset to the squad.

Ibrox manager Mark Warburton revealed on Thursday that Eustace was close to a deal after training with the club for several months in a bid to prove his fitness.

The 35-year-old former Watford and Derby captain will join a young squad and Kiernan believes everyone else can benefit from his know-how.

Kiernan said: “John’s a great guy to have round the place. He has great experience at a high level. I think he’ll be good for the young players with his knowledge of the game.”

Rangers have been doing very well in the Ladbrokes Championship without Eustace having won their first nine games.

And Kiernan is keen to keep the winning run going for as long as possible as they prepare to open their second round of fixtures against Queen of the South at Ibrox.

The 24-year-old said: “We are just taking each game as it comes. We look at how we can break teams down and score goals.

“I don’t know how long the run can go on for, hopefully it can last for a long time. We will see how it goes and just go in the direction we are going.”

Warburton’s men are looking to chalk up a tenth successive League win, an all-time record for a new Ibrox manager.

One key selection decision for the Rangers boss will be to assess the fitness and readiness of the four players who have been away on International duty, more specifically Gedion Zelalem and Fraser Aird, who were both in North America with the USA and Canada respectively.

The draining effects of Transatlantic travel may preclude their selection – although for Nathan Oduwa and Ryan Hardie the decision is more straight-forward as they were less far-travelled.

James Fowler’s ‘Doonhamers’ were a thorn in the side of the Light Blues during the last campaign, twice inflicting comprehensive and damaging defeats on their own territory – yet when Rangers, under new management, returned to Palmerston Park in August of this year they were overwhelming 5-1 winners.

The Dumfries side have not been as impressive this term as last – currently lying fifth in the table with fourteen points from ten games and last weekend secured a 1-0 home win over Morton.

Having lost so many players during the summer it has been no real surprise that Queens have not reached the heights they scaled last season, but they have their sights firmly fixed on a play-off spot come next May and will present a formidable challenge for the Ibrox men.

Meanwhile, in a move that many will regard as long-overdue Rangers have strengthened their scouting network with the appointment of Frank McParland as ‘Head of Recruitment’.

McParland has worked at Liverpool, Watford and – most recently – Burnley as well as a spell as Sporting Director at Brentford alongside Mark Warburton and the Ibrox manager underlined the significance of the appointment.

“You live and die by the quality of your recruitment - and we’ve been patient to get the right man at the right time,” he said.

“It’s a real coup for us and he will bring real quality to the club. He’s a man of knowledge and experience.

“He has a great reputation in terms of finding players, so I am in no doubt he will be of an enormous benefit for Rangers Football Club.”