Dean Shiels comments on new position he is playing for Rangers

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Shiels has been converted from attacking midfielder to a deeper role, and he is pleased with the experience.

Speaking to the official Rangers website, Northern Irish international Shiels has admitted that he enjoys playing in the centre of midfield, having originally been a more attacking player.

Shiels, 30, said: “I'll play anywhere that that manager wants me to, but I do like it in the centre of midfield because you do get a lot of the ball - especially at Ibrox when we play on a big pitch.

“I like to get on the ball and at some of the tighter grounds it can be harder to get more time on the ball. I do enjoy it in there and hopefully I can offer the team something between now and the end of the season.”

Despite starting the season as something of an outcast in the Rangers ranks, Shiels has enjoyed a great rejuvenation since the appointment of Stuart McCall as head coach.

The attacking midfielder was consistently left out of matchday squads under Ally McCoist, but McCall has brought him back into the fold, and playing in a more deeper role, he has missed just two games since the coach's arrival at Ibrox.

It is in this deep role that Shiels has a surprising strong impact, with his attacking play and ability to read the game working well alongside Nicky Law and Andy Murdoch.

Shiels enjoyed a game winning impact at the weekend as well, proving his worth to McCall by netting the second Rangers goal of the game in the 2-1 victory over Queen of the South in the Premiership play-offs.

It is good to see Shiels finally earning his place in the side, and his newfound form under McCall is likely due to both increased confidence in him from the manager, as well as the position change.

He is hardly going to become the best player in the Rangers squad overnight, but whilst putting in match winning performances, it is hard to deny that Shiels deserves to keep his place in McCall’s side.

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