Warburton explains advantage Kiernan already has at Rangers

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Rangers manager Mark Warburton feels new signing Rob Kiernan will benefit from David Weir's guidance at the club.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told the Glasgow Evening Times about the advantage new signing Rob Kiernan already has, having just moved to the Scottish Championship club.

Kiernan has just been confirmed as one of Warburton’s first signings in charge of the club, with the ex-Wigan defender facing the challenge of becoming a regular component of the Rangers back four next season.

The Gers boss has suggested that the experience of his assistant David Weir, who played as a defender, is something which will definitely help the 24-year-old settle in quickly and become a better player.

“For him to work alongside someone like David Weir will be fantastic as a centre-half, a footballing centre-half,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.

“He's looking forward to it, but I'm sure, I hope very much, that the supporters see a very good signing.”

How will Weir handle Kiernan?

Initially, Warburton and Weird will probably sit back and just let Kiernan, and any other new players, simply go about their business.

He can step in and help if he spots something he doesn’t like but it’s important that Rangers work hard to ensure that the mentality and job of the player, initially, is kept as simple as possible.

Weir understands every important aspect of defending and is someone who can definitely improve Kiernan’s technique and the way he reads the game.

The pressure is something he’ll have to bear

It’s arguable that moving from Wigan to Rangers is a complete step up in terms of pressure and expectation.

Kiernan will be under much more scrutiny as a Rangers player and he needs to be prepared to deal with that extra level of pressure and attention.

It’s important that Warburton and Weir also help him deal with that side of the club, as much as his defensive style.

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