Jan 30 2013 By Jacob Murtagh
SHAUN Derry has paid tribute to Ryan Nelsen after the defender's final appearance for QPR in last night's draw with Manchester City.
Rangers players formed a guard of honour for the New Zealander following the shut-out against the Premier League champions as he leaves for his new role as coach of MLS side Toronto.
And Derry admits the 35-year-old's exit is a huge blow to their survival hopes.
“It is a big loss for us,” said the QPR midfielder.
“He has been our best player but we have to try and replace him.
“He has been amazing, not just as a player, but as a person as well.
"It was Clint Hill’s idea to give him a guard of honour at the end. We were all just buzzing to get the point and it was a great gesture by Clint.
“It was appreciated by Ryan, but he’s appreciated by all of us.
“He said afterwards that he couldn’t believe the send-off he got from the crowd too because he’s barely played 25 games for us. It was touching.”