By Harvey Byrne
Ross County defender Andrew Davies believes that Rangers must start playing the long ball game if they are to get the best out of striker Joe Garner.
The 28-year-old completed a summer move to Ibrox from Championship side Preston for a fee of around £1.5million.
There were high hopes for him when he joined, but with just three goals from his 23 appearances this campaign he has so far disappointed.
Garner faced Davies at the weekend, playing 63 minutes as Rangers were held to a 1-1 draw against Ross County.
The two have previously battled against each other in England and Davies believes Rangers’ passing game doesn’t suit Garner and they must adapt to get the best out of the player.
“If I was the manager I’d be saying: ‘Mix it up,” told Davies to the Daily Mail. “They’ve got Garner up top, I’ve played against him a lot in England.
“He’s fantastic in the air and to get the best out of him, putting balls in the box all the time and kicking balls long – that’s his game. When you don’t, he struggles.
“He’ll win his fair share of headers. If they don’t it suits us down to a tee, it suits centre-halves. It must frustrate him.”
Garner also had a poor strike rate at Preston with 57 goals from 151 appearances during his three years at the club.
But, he was often credited with bringing more to the team than just goals and was the named the League One Player of the Year in 2015 as the Lancashire club won promotion.
He will now be keen to recapture his form in Scotland as Rangers face a battle with Aberdeen for second place.
In other Rangers news, fans delivered their own verdicts on Warburton after the weekend draw.