Date: 20th December 2016 at 9:01am
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By Matt Farr

Rangers legend Willie Henderson has heaped praise upon Rangers goalscorer Joe Garner by describing him as “brave, energetic and tough”.

Henderson, who is a member of the Rangers Hall of Fame, believes Garner has the quality to improve upon his current goal tally and become a real hit with the fans.

Garner, 28, has hit the back of net just three times in 19 appearances in all competitions this season, which is a disappointing return of one goal per 338 minutes played.

However, Henderson insists Garner is working tirelessly on the field and that it is only a matter of time before he has the goals his constant hard-work deserves.

He told the Rangers official website: “You can see the effort that young lad is putting in and I really hope the goals start flowing for him, in fact I’m confident they will.

“I remember when Jim Forrest scored his 57 goals in the 1964/65 season and you had myself, Willie Johnston and Jim Baxter – and others – providing the passes and crosses into dangerous areas.

“I’m not expecting any player to get near Jim’s incredible tally that year but if Rangers can get the ball in the box for Garner I’ve no doubt he can score goals consistently, just as he did with Preston in the 2014/15 season when he scored 27 goals in 43 appearances.

“He’s brave, energetic and tough so if he can find that killer touch in front of goal I think Joe will be a real asset for this Rangers side.”

Garner last found the back of the net in Rangers’ 3-0 victory over Kilmarnock back on October 29, but has continued to be used regularly by manager Mark Warburton despite his lack of goals.

He played the full 90 minutes as Rangers scraped past Hamilton on Friday night.

Meanwhile, Willie Henderson, 72, spent most of his career at Ibrox, and amassed 478 appearances for Rangers during his twelve year stay.

He also featured 29 times for the Scotland national team, scoring five goals.

Rangers are currently second in the Scottish Premiership, 11 points behind league leaders and Old Firm rivals Celtic.

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