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28-year-old forward axed in Warburton 4-3-3: Rangers best possible XI to face Inverness

COMMENT By Harvey Byrne

Rangers should axe striker Joe Garner from their side to face Inverness on Christmas Eve.

The 28-year-old striker has become a cult figure among fans due to his physical playing side after signing from Preston in the summer.

However, a club of the Gers’ size requires a forward who can put the ball in the back of the net on a consistent basis.

Garner has scored just three goals in 19 appearances for Mark Warburton’s side, while he finished the last campaign with six goals in 44 fixtures with Preston in the Championship.

Rangers’ next target is to compete with Celtic again and to compare the two sides, the Hoops have two dependable goalscorers in Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths, while the Gers rely on Martyn Waghorn.

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The Ibrox forward should start each game as the front man for Warburton’s team after he showed his class starting on the right against Hamilton last Friday.

This should see Waghorn start in the centre against Inverness on Saturday, while veteran Kenny Miller must displace Garner from the line-up and play on the right of a front three.

Goalkeeper Wesley Foderingham must keep his place between the sticks behind a strong back four.

The Rangers defensive unit have conceded just two goals in their last four games and they will be eager to maintain their high standards, as they look to secure second place for Warburton’s team.

Midfield trio Andy Halliday, James Tavernier and Jason Holt will be looking to control the centre of the park and it is expected that they will spend most of the 90 minutes up the pitch against the second from bottom side.

They will then be looking to supply McKay, Waghorn and Miller in the front three, who will all be looking to get on the score sheet against the worst defence in the Premiership.

In other Rangers team news,  Chris Sutton has named this Gers trio in his recent team of the week.