Rangers kids benefiting from Eustace - Rob Kiernan

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

Rob Kiernan: keen to keep winning league run going. Picture: SNS
Rob Kiernan: keen to keep winning league run going. Picture: SNS

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.”

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

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 look at how we can break teams down and score goals. I don’t know how long the run can go on for. We will see how it goes and just go in the direction we are going.”

Meanwhile, Queen of the South striker Aidan Smith is hoping to complete a hat-trick of goals against Rangers today.

The 18-year-old netted his first senior goal when he grabbed a point for the Doonhamers in a 1-1 draw in March with a late equaliser and then grabbed his second career goal as Queen’s went down 5-1 to the Ibrox side in August.

Smith is now looking to add a third to his collection and said: “They are the only two goals I have scored for Queen of the South. The first one came just after I had come on as a substitute and I did not how to celebrate. I used to dream about scoring goals at Ibrox. It earned us a point so it was a good night. The second one was not so special due to the result and because we were five down at the time.”

Smith is hoping to keep his starting place after playing from the beginning as James Fowler’s side ended an eight-game wait for a win last weekend with a 1-0 success over Morton.

• Rangers have confirmed the appointment of former Ibrox and Queens player Craig Flannigan as their head of performance and preparation. The 42-year-old has left a similar role with Hibernian.