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6th Apr, 2018 | 7:49pm

Murty must axe stalwart and start youngster for Rangers in huge Celtic cup clash


Rangers manager Graeme Murty must go with youth in the heart of defence when his side take on Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Celtic Park in the middle of the month.

And that means axing one of Russell Martin or Bruno Alves in place of Ross McCrorie as the 20-year-old continues his comeback to match fitness and is reportedly ready for the match.

Norwich City loanee Martin struck up a great partnership alongside David Bates at the rear but in light of the red-head’s ankle injury incurred against the Hoops last month, the Championship ace hasn’t looked the same player.

Fan favourite and homegrown star McCrorie has been missed by the Light Blues faithful since he succumbed to a knock back in January and returned to the bench against Motherwell last time out.

Portuguese defender Alves has been a fine servant for the club but after struggling against the Hoops in the previous meeting between the two sides when he was drafted back into the side in light of Martin’s back issue, the pace of Celtic’s attack means that he is the one who will have to make way for McCrorie.

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It’s Murty’s last opportunity to bag silverware this season – the boss needs to do all he can to maximise Rangers’ chances of doing so and with the 20-year-old in the side, they will be increasing the likelihood of emerging with a win.

In other Rangers news, Gers must snap up left-sided flyer ripping up the Championship after BBC pundit revelation.

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