COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Graeme Murty must axe Martyn Waghorn from his starting line-up when Rangers take on Hamilton in the Scottish Cup on Saturday afternoon.
The 27-year-old is often played out wide on the right for the Gers, but with the player always being known to be a centre-forward he could be the reason for the Scottish giants’ poor form.
The attacker did contribute a goal in midweek during the 3-2 win over St. Johnstone, but it may not have been such a tight scoreline if Rangers had a more natural wide player on the right side of the pitch.
This should see Harry Forrester come into the team for Waghorn, who is more natural on the left, but he can offer the pace and trickery out wide and interchange with fellow wide star Barrie McKay throughout the game, causing the Hamilton defence a nightmare.
Murty will also be forced into once change with Rob Kiernan’s suspension and this should see Danny Wilson come in due to being the best of a poor bunch of options for the manager.
Meanwhile, the much criticised Andy Halliday must come back into the team for the final change from midweek and play a more reserved role in the midfield for another highly criticised player in Jon Toral.
Rangers usually play a 4-3-3 formation, but with Halliday now pushed even further back from the midfield his performances may improve if he only has one job to do and that will be to break down the attacks.
It is clear that despite Hamilton placing in 10th in the Premiership table they can not be taken lightly after earning a 1-0 win over second placed Aberdeen on Tuesday evening.
However, this a match that a team of Rangers’ stature should be looking to see off easily at home, ensuring their passage into the semi-final of the cup competition and this team should allow them to do so.
In other Rangers news, here are three players who could follow reported frontrunner Pedro Caixinha to the club.