By Will Butcher
Mark Warburton should give new £1.5million signing Joe Garner a chance in his more preferred role as a centre-forward against Ross County on Saturday.
If the former League One Player of the Season does start as a striker, a change in system could be used as Warburton is also expected to bring in last season’s top scorer Martyn Waghorn, as well as Harry Forrester and Clint Hill.
The 28-year-old was played out wide during the Gers’ embarrassing 5-1 loss to Old Firm rivals Celtic on Saturday. But after scoring against Celtic, Warburton could opt to use the former Preston hitman in a more familiar role.
A 4-4-2 system could be in Warburton’s thinking with Harry Forrester joining Waghorn in returning to the Gers’ starting line up on the right flank, as Josh Windass drops out.
Niko Kranjcar will have to remain disciplined if he is to play in central midfield alongside combative ex-England international Joey Barton, while Barrie McKay will offer pace on the left side of midfield.
Switzerland international Philippe Senderos is suspended after being sent off during the Gers’ 5-1 Old Firm derby loss to Celtic last Saturday, so experienced stopper Clint Hill is expected to return to the side.
The defence is expected to remain the same other than the enforced change, as captain Lee Wallace, Rob Kiernan and James Tavernier all aim to protect Wes Foderingham’s goal.
A win for the Gers would see them go within one point of their Old Firm rivals, if Celtic lose to Inverness on Sunday.