COMMENT By Dominic Toner

Martyn Waghorn should be restored to the starting line-up to face Celtic.

Rangers meet their Ibrox rivals at 12pm on Saturday and the club’s star striker must be in the team after returning from injury.

His position in the side will come at the expense of veteran striker Kenny Miller, but his experience could prove useful from the bench for Mark Warburton.

Waghorn enjoyed a brilliant debut campaign with Rangers, finding the back of the net 28 times in 36 league and cup encounters and helped the club return to the top-flight of Scottish football.

He should be one of four changes to the Rangers team that drew 1-1 against Kilmarnock before the international break.

In attack, new recruit Joe Garner should be used from the start and the £1.5million signing will replace youngster Joe Dodoo in the side.

The Celtic clash appears to have come around just in time for Niko Kranjcar, who has been adjusting to regular first team football again, and he should replace Jordan Rossiter in the side.

Elsewhere another new signing, Philippe Senderos, should replace veteran defender Clint Hill in the side, as the pace of several Celtic attackers including Scott Sinclair and Moussa Dembele will be a concern for Warburton.


Rangers have several other key players to supplement Waghorn, with goal-scoring defender James Tavernier a huge asset in the team.

He scored the equalising goal against Kilmarnock and will look to give new Celtic defender Cristian Gamboa a difficult match if he is handed his debut.

Former QPR defender Joey Barton is a player for the big occasion and should be a certain starter against Celtic, with a fiery encounter expected in the midfield with opposite number Scott Brown.

The return of Waghorn will give the Rangers team a huge boost and they can leapfrog their rivals to go top of the table with a win.

In other Rangers team news, Warburton is desperate to see a repeat of last season’s Scottish Cup semi-final heroics against Celtic on Saturday.