Livingston manager, Gary Holt, has delivered some high praise for Greg Stewart, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

29-year-old Stewart officially signed for Rangers last week, arriving on a free after being released by Birmingham City.

In general, the announcement was met with a mixed reaction from Bears.

Rangers are his third SPL club in a year, after stints with Kilmarnock and Aberdeen last season.

Stewart ahead of the Scottish Cup semi-final tie against Celtic. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

It was at the former, where he particularly impressed the Livingston manager.

 

“I think up until Christmas he was probably the best player in Scotland,” Holt said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “He was the talisman for Kilmarnock, he won them games on his own and won them games with what he created. His stock was at its highest.”

“Whatever transpired, he ends up back at Aberdeen whether that was fulfilling a job he felt that didn’t happen the year before only Greg can say.

“When he was at Kilmarnock he used to pick up great positions in between the defence and midfield. He would drive at defences and cause them all sort of problems. But Rangers will be hoping that’s what they can bring back, the Kilmarnock Greg Stewart.”

Stewart nets for Kille against Dundee, back in December. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Verdict

Holt follows Kris Boyd [Daily Record] with high praise for the Ibrox-bound Stewart. It’s certainly a major compliment to be regarded as the best player in the league by the manager of a rival team.

He scored eight goals and registered six assists during his time at Rugby Park last season. As eluded to by the Livi boss, though, that form deserted him at Aberdeen. He often played out wide and games passed him by.

There seems to be a consensus that his best position is as a no.10, which is good news for Rangers.

They were lacking in that area at times last season, and so will hope Stewart is the addition who will help unlock stubborn defences across 2019/20.

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