Rangers are nearly there


QUEENS PARK?RANGERS manager Neil Warnock paid Derby veteran Robbie Savage a backhanded compliment as the former Wales international helped spoil the promotion party at Loftus Road.

Savage was magnificent in helping to stifle the Championship’s player of the season, Adel Taarabt, as Derby escaped with a point from the home of the leaders.

Taarabt hurled a water bottle in frustration as he stomped off having been substituted with 20 minutes to go and Savage still chirping away at him.

Warnock, whose side will clinch promotion back to the Premier League with a win over Cardiff at the weekend after a 15-year absence, said:?

“You either love him [Savage] or loathe him – he’s a bit like me.

“When you look at his ability he’s done fantastically to make the living he has. He’s long past his sell-by date but he does a job. He’s been superb.”

The 37-year-old Savage, who is set to retire at the end of the season added: “Taarabt’s a talent, but sometimes when it is not going his way he can have a little strop like he did tonight.

“But he deserves to be the player of the year because he has got great skill and great ability and he’s very good on his day. I would have preferred him to stay on because he was not doing anything in the game.”