22-year-old axed in Caixinha 4-3-3: Rangers best possible XI to face Celtic
COMMENT by Amir Mir
Rangers should make three changes to their starting XI when they take on Old Firm rivals Celtic at Parkhead in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.
Qatar club Al-Gharafa announced on its official Twitter account on Thursday afternoon that their manager Pedro Caixinha has been granted permission to join the Gers.
As a result, midfield duo Jon Toral and Jason Holt should be axed, with the suspended Rob Kiernan missing out from Caixinha’s side.
Harry Forrester, Andy Halliday and Danny Wilson should come into the team in a 4-3-3 formation.
The Gers are currently managed by Graeme Murty and the under-20 coach led his side to a 6-0 win against Hamilton in the Scottish Cup last time out.
Subscribe to Football Insider TV now
Now, the experienced Kenny Miller, who scored against Celtic last time out, should continue his place up top.
Winger Barrie McKay has been one of the Gers’ better-performing players this term and if he can turn it on at the weekend then he can cause Brendan Rodgers side problems.
Therefore, he must start with Martyn Waghorn on the other wing. The 27-year-old has the power to provide the away team with a different outlet on the day.
In midfield, the Gers should stick with the solid pairing of Jason Holt and Halliday while Forrester provides the flair further up the field – he plays ahead of the 22-year-old Toral.
Centre-back Keirnan missing the Old Firm game will be a big blow, but Wilson coming into the side should help settle the nerves for the Rangers supporters.
Left-back Lee Wallace should be the first name on the teamsheet because the club captain is an important figure both on and off the field.
In other Rangers team news, supporters react to major confirmed manager development.