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AGE-DEFYING Davie Weir can be Rangers defensive rock this season - and cement his partnership with Madjid Bougherra.

The vote of confidence comes from nine-in-a-row hero John Brown who has renewed his membership of the veteran's fan club.

Brown has watched in admiration as skipper Weir - now in his 40th year - has continued to turn back time by marshalling Rangers to two opening wins in the defence of their SPL title.

The Ibrox veteran produced another towering performance in the bear pit of Tynecastle on Sunday as the Light Blues over-turned a one-goal and one-man deficit to pull off a stunning 2-1 victory.

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And with the Champions League draw looming later in the week, Clyde boss Bomber has backed Weir to once again be the mainstay of the Rangers defence.

Brown said: "Davie is just a great professional. His vast experience is a major plus when it comes to playing at centre-back and one of the reasons he is so consistent.

"On top of that, it is a position where you don't have to do a lot of running, especially if you can anticipate and read the game well.

"Davie has been one of Walter Smith's best signings and I have no fears over his contribution domestically and in the Champions League this season."

"Davie is a great role model and that is important when you wear the skipper's armband and he has a big influence in the dressing room at Rangers.

"So he was the obvious choice to take over from Barry Ferguson and, as the senior professional at the club, the right one for Walter to make."

In contrast to Weir's no-frills approach, his central defensive partner Bougherra looked shaky at times during a tempestuous afternoon at Tynecastle.

But Bomber reckons Weir is the best man to have a calming word or two with his defensive partner.

Brown said: "For Bougherra, Davie is the ideal partner at centre-back. At 26 he is young for a centre-back and still learning his trade. Davie is the ideal guy to learn from.

"At Tynecastle, Bougherra maybe took a chance or two and he is the type of young player who will do that.

"The particular instance at Tynecastle Bougherra got away with when Hearts hit the bar and especially with the Champions League draw coming up you can't afford to be doing that. So I am sure Davie will make him aware of that."

"I would imagine Davie will have taken him aside and had a quiet word about making sure he just does his job and doesn't try and overdo things."

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