Jelavic gets Whittaker backing

27 January 2011 08:30

Steven Whittaker has predicted plenty more goals from Nikica Jelavic this season after the Rangers striker rediscovered his goal-scoring form against Hibernian.

Jelavic was handed his first start in almost four months at Easter Road, following ankle surgery, and marked the occasion by adding his name to the scoresheet after Madjid Bougherra set the ball rolling on the 2-0 win.

"It will be wonderful for his confidence," said Whittaker. "It was great to see him get on the scoresheet and I'm sure there will be more to come in the next few weeks as well. Whoever plays up front for us is going to score goals."

He added: "We are a team who creates chances and, if the chances come his way, he will get a number of goals from now until the end of the season."

Rangers have already witnessed the departure of Kenny Miller this month and Whittaker hopes there will be no further exits following television reports that Arsenal scouts were in Edinburgh to watch goalkeeper Allan McGregor.

He said: "We've had a few boys out injured, like Jelavic and Mo Edu, and they are coming back to fitness now so the squad is looking strong. We would be looking to hold onto what we've got at the moment and keep going until the end of the season."

Hopes of adding to the squad were dealt a blow when boss Walter Smith revealed a move for Kris Commons now appeared unlikely, with the Derby winger having also been linked with rivals Celtic.

Whittaker said: "I'm sure what we've got is adequate but the more numbers you've got helps when injuries and suspension come your way. If we don't add to the squad, we'll get on with it."

The victory over Hibs allowed Rangers to steer their title bid back on track following defeat to Hearts at the weekend.

"It was important to get the win," admitted Whittaker. "Whenever we lose a game, it's important to get back to winning ways as quickly as possible. We did that and got the job done."

Source: PA