Rangers' Mark Warburton backs Joe Garner to pull through

Rangers striker Joe Garner is left frustrated
Joe Garner has scored three goals in 12 games

Manager Mark Warburton says it is too early in Joe Garner's Rangers career to judge the striker.

And he has backed his 28-year-old fellow Englishman to come good.

Garner has scored three goals in 12 appearances since his £1.8m summer transfer from Preston North End.

"Give the player the chance to settle in and understand how a team plays, but to judge him so quickly is very short-sighted," said Warburton. "I have no doubts about Joe Garner whatsoever."

Joe Dodoo came on to replace Garner against Partick Thistle and scored the two late goals that took Rangers to victory from a goal behind.

But Warburton said: "Joe is only starting his career here.

"He has come out of a different formation, of course, but how many games has he played?

Rangers celebrate a Joe Dodoo goal against Partick Thistle
Joe Dodoo (centre) scored twice against Partick Thistle

"He is doing well, he is adapting, he offers a different side to the game for us.

"His movement, his physicality, he is aerially strong in both boxes, a good first touch, he is an experienced goalscorer with a bright future ahead of him at Rangers.

"We are delighted to get Joe Garner, but, as I say, people need to give players time to settle in to new surroundings."

Warburton would not reveal whether Garner or 21-year-old Dodoo, who also signed in the summer, from Leicester City, would start Wednesday's Scottish Premiership game against Hearts.

"I was told previously that Joe Dodoo hadn't worked, another failed signing apparently, and now the same people are writing magnificent Joe Dodoo," added the manager, who stressed that he was pleased to have a selection problem.

"I was delighted for Joe Dodoo. He came on and did what we know he can do. He trains so well every day."

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