John MacDonald has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he believes that Glasgow Rangers striker Joe Garner may have been shocked by the reception he received from the Ibrox crowd, following his latest performance against Hearts.
Garner led the line for Rangers against Hearts, and although he did not score, the 28-year-old was given a standing ovation when he was substituted late on.
Garner’s work rate impressed, as the Light Blues picked up a 2-0 win over one of their rivals for second place.
And MacDonald said: “He got applauded off on Saturday and it was maybe a shock for him that he got that reaction from the fans.
“He has always had that effort and that work rate and the fans appreciate that. He works hard for the team.
“He might not be scoring goals but for a guy that is smaller than I am, he is very good in the air.”
Garner was Rangers’ most expensive signing last summer, but he made a slow start at Ibrox.
The former Preston North End forward appeared to take a while to adapt to the Glasgow side’s style of play - but he has impressed recently.
Garner still only has three goals in 15 appearances for Rangers, but he seems to have established his place in Mark Warburton’s side’s starting line-up.
Garner is likely to be in action again on Friday evening, when Rangers take on Hamilton at New Douglas Park.