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Joe Garner: My playing style is aimed at allowing this Rangers trio to shine

By Emma Sanders

Joe Garner has vowed to continue causing problems for defenders with his controversial antics to allow Rangers’ technically gifted trio Barrie McKay, Jason Holt and Josh Windass to thrive.

The striker picked up his fourth booking during the 2-0 victory against Hearts on Saturday in the Scottish Premiership and he was a grievance for the centre-backs once again.

Garner was involved in a clash with Perry Kitchen during the victory and angered opposition fans with a number of crunching tackles on the Hearts players.

Despite Garner playing within the fine lines of the rules, he has insisted he will not stop his disruptive behaviour and will continue to harass defenders in order to allow his more creative teammates to play.

“I don’t mind it. I will give as much as I get and look forward to it. But we have some really talented footballers there. I try and bring something and a little bit different to the team and hopefully let the young lads run riot,” said Garner, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

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““You see the likes of Barrie McKay, Jason Holt and Josh Windass, when he’s playing. They are very good footballers and if I can help then I will.”

Garner was booked in the first half but he was given a standing ovation by Rangers fans when he came off after 88 minutes for a substitution.

He has now made 14 league appearances this season, netting three goals but has failed to provide an assist while he has helped Rangers climb up the table.

The Gers are currently in second place but still trail Celtic by eight points and the league leaders have three games in hand on their Old Firm rivals.

Rangers next league clash is against Hamilton on Friday evening and they will be hoping to record a victory against their opponents who are currently in eighth place.

Garner will be hoping to make his 11th league start of the season.

In other Rangers news, Mark Warburton revealed the club are eyeing up to seven European transfer targets in January.