Rangers defender Danny Wilson admits he was impressed by rising stars Jamie Barjonas and David Bates after the Ibrox youngster came into the side against Hibs on Wednesday night at Easter Road.

The Gers have lost Graham Dorrans, Ryan Jack and Jordan Rossiter to injury and suspension leaving them short of numbers in midfield and Barjonas was handed his first start of the season against Neil Lennon’s side.

Defender Bates was a second-half substitute for Barjonas as Graeme Murty’s side tried to see out their lead and helped compose the Gers defence as Hibs threw everything they had at them on Wednesday night.

Wilson admitted he thinks the Gers have good depth in their squad and was pleased to see Barjonas and Bates grab their opportunity to impress with both hands.

“We know that we have a good squad, we know that we were stretched a bit with suspensions and injuries, but I think that the boys that maybe haven’t been playing and were brought in they have stepped up to the mark,” Wilson said, as quoted by the club’s official website.

“You look at it on Wednesday, with Jamie Barjonas coming in. He’s still a young boy and he’s handled himself well.

“Easter Road is a tough place to go and I think that he handled it really well. Obviously latterly in the game David Bates comes on and helps us shore up and get the victory.

“We have players who are capable of stepping in. We are a bit short in terms of suspensions and injuries, but we have boys who can come in and do the job and we are all happy to do so.”

The Gers’ recent run of four consecutive wins has saw them close the gap to Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic to five points although the Light Blues have played one game more than their Glasgow rivals.

Graeme Murty takes his side to Celtic Park on December 30th in the final games before the winter break and in what is expected to be Murty’s final game in charge.

The Gers face St. Johnstone on Saturday afternoon at Ibrox and could close to within two points of Brendan Rodgers’ side.

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