Barry Ferguson backs Rangers’ move for Rob Kiernan

Rob Kiernan is set to join Scottish Championship club Rangers from Wigan Athletic next week.

Barry Ferguson has written in The Daily Record that Rob Kiernan will prove to be a good signing for Rangers.

The 24-year-old defender is set to join the Scottish Championship outfit next week, according to The Daily Record.

The Scottish newspaper quotes Rangers manager Mark Warburton as saying: “For a defender, he’s technically excellent and at 6ft 3in has a real athletic presence.

“He has proved his credentials in the English Championship but most importantly is still young enough to develop and to be improved.”

Former Rangers midfielder Ferguson has backed Warburton’s decision to sign the defender from English League One outfit Wigan Athletic in the summer transfer window.

“He does that side of the game well and, for me, a defender must be just that first and foremost,” the former Scotland international wrote in The Daily Record.

“If he can play with the ball at his feet as well, that’s even better and Kiernan can do that. Warburton had him on loan at Brentford at one point, so he’ll know what he’s getting.

“This manager’s philosophy is obviously to get the ball on the deck and play, so he must think Kiernan can fit into that style.”

Good signing?

Warburton has worked with Kieran before, first at Watford’s youth academy and then at Brentford during a loan spell.

This means that the newly-appointed Rangers manager knows the kind of player he is signing, and the Gers supporters should be optimistic.

Kieran joined Birmingham City on loan from Wigan in February 2015 for the remainder of the 2014-15 campaign.

In 12 appearances in the Championship for Birmingham, the former Watford man scored one goal, created two chances, had a pass accuracy of 69%, and won 31 headers, one dribble and 15 tackles.

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