By Emma Sanders

Danny Wilson believes Rangers need the goal-scoring qualities of Joe Dodoo to push on in the Scottish Premiership after their 2-1 victory against Patrick Thistle on Saturday.

The 21-year-old came on as a second half substitute during the victory and scored two late goals to ensure his side recorded their second win in a row.

Dodoo has struggled to get into the side since making the switch from Leicester in the summer but certainly demonstrated his eagerness to impress Mark Warburton on Saturday.

Wilson believes the striker can provide the goals Rangers need to do well this season after a tricky start in the domestic league and believes their lack of goals has been a real issue during the 2016-17 campaign.

“He [Dodoo] has done well and this can be a platform for him to push on,” said Wilson, as quoted by Sky Sports. “He’s had a few injuries but hopefully he can get a run. He has the qualities to kick on. I think that’s what we do need.We have been trying to preach to each other that we should be calmer when we get into those situations.

“I’m not a forward so it’s not my place to tell people how to finish but Joe has scored two great goals. He has the capabilities to put the ball in the back of the net. We have not scored that many goals this season and that has been our downfall in games.”

Dodoo has started just one league game this season – against Kilmarnock – and his brace against Patrick Thistle were his first two goals since scoring in the 5-0 victory against Peterhead.

Rangers have failed to score more than one goal in nine of their first 14 games in the Scottish Premiership this season and they have four players who have netted just three times, half than Celtic’s top goal-scorer Scott Sinclair.

The Ibrox side face an important clash against fourth place Hearts on Wednesday and are in search of their third successive victory.

In other Rangers news, Dodoo starts in the predicted starting XI to face Hearts.