Rangers boss praises su­per sub Garner

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Rangers in­terim man­ager Graeme Murty praised the im­pact sub­sti­tute Joe Garner made as his hat-trick fired them to a 6-0 Scot­tish Cup quar­ter­fi­nal win over Hamilton.

The 28-year-old English for­ward re­placed Kenny Miller at half-time with the hosts lead­ing 10 thanks to a Mar­tyn Waghorn penalty and it took him just over two min­utes to add his name to the score-sheet.

Garner then spent 11 min­utes off the pitch re­ceiv­ing stitches to a cut be­low his eye af­ter a clash of heads with Hamilton’s Blair Adams be­fore re­turn­ing to score twice af­ter Jon To­ral and Clint Hill had in­creased Rangers’ lead.

The for­mer Pre­ston striker en­joys a cult sta­tus amongst the Rangers sup­port for his com­bat­ive style, but had only scored four times be­fore Satur­day’s tre­ble.

Murty — who was in charge of the Un­der-20 side be­fore be­ing asked to step up when Mark War­bur­ton and his staff were sacked last month — was pleased to see Garner prove his doubters wrong.

“We said to him (Garner) from the bench that he had to come on and show why he is here,” Murty said.

“He has gone on and he has scored straight away.

“The clash of heads was aw­ful I have to say and I hope their guy is al­right.

“Peo­ple were say­ing to me to get some­one on but I knew he was com­ing back so we were just pa­tient.

“The med­i­cal team did a great job and he man­aged to go on and get a few more goals.”

Garner had been lucky to stay on the pitch to claim his hat-trick as he es­caped with just a book­ing in the 55th minute af­ter catch­ing Hamilton’s Dougie Im­rie on the thigh with a wild swing of his boot.

How­ever, Murty felt ref­eree John Beaton had made the cor­rect de­ci­sion.

“I thought it was clumsy rather than ma­li­cious,” said Murty, who is un­sure whether he will still be in charge for next week­end’s Old Firm derby with Celtic.

His op­po­site num­ber Martin Canning didn’t agree and felt Rangers keeper Wes Foder­ing­ham could have also been sent off in the first half for han­dling the ball out­side his box.

“I don’t think it is a penalty that goes against us and the goal­keeper is prob­a­bly a yard or two out­side the box when he han­dles the ball and I think Garner’s tackle is a send­ing off,” moaned Canning.

Rangers were joined in the last four by hold­ers Hiber­nian, who de­feated ten men Ayr United 3-1.

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