RANGERS boss Mark Warburton has blasted back at snipers who have said £1.8million summer signing Joe Garner is a waste of money.
The Ibrox chief, who is preparing his side for tonight’s crucial Premiership confrontation with Hearts at Tynecastle, insisted the criticism of the striker is “short-sighted”.
Garner, 28, has scored just three goals in 12 appearances since his move from Preston, but Warburton has defended the player.
The Govan gaffer said: “How many games has Joe played or started for Rangers? Joe is only starting his career here, people are too quick to judge.
“He has come out of a different formation, of course, but how many games has he played? I am disappointed at certain comments. Give the player the chance to settle in and understand how a team plays. But to judge him so quickly is very short-sighted.
“He is doing well, he is adapting, he offers a different side to the game for us. His movement, his physicality, he is aerially strong in both boxes, a good first touch, he is an experienced goalscorer with a bright future ahead of him at Rangers.
“We are delighted to get Joe Garner, but, as I say, people need to give players time to settle in to new surroundings.
“Sometimes players hit the ground running, sometimes it takes a few games to work their way in. I have no doubts about Joe Garner whatsoever.”
Joe Dodoo replaced Garner against Partick Thistle on Saturday and scored twice late on to give Rangers a 2-1 win.
However, Warburton did not reveal if the 21-year-old summer signing from Leicester will get the nod over Garner for the trip to Tynecastle.
He said: “I was told previously that Joe Dodoo hadn’t worked, another failed signing apparently and now the same people are writing magnificent Joe Dodoo.
“They are too short-sighted. Their comments change too quickly. You have to give players time to settle, the same as any industry.
“I was delighted for Joe Dodoo, he came on and did what we know he can do, he trains so well every day, it is nice to have that type of selection problem.”