6 senior men axed in Warburton 4-2-3-1: This youthful Rangers XI would beat Queen of the South
By Alex Taylor
Mark Warburton should make six changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Ross County on Saturday against Queen of the South.
The League Cup encounter on Tuesday night provides Warburton with the perfect chance to rest his star players and give vital minutes to the club’s emerging talent.
Matt Gilks, Ryan Sinnamon, Michael O’Halloran, Harry Forrester, Jordan Rossiter and Liam Burt should all come in to the side ahead of several senior stars.
Barrie McKay, Wes Foderingham, Jason Holt, Jame Tavernier, Martyn Waghorn and Josh Windass should be the six players dropped for the clash.
Gilks has played three matches in the League Cup so far this season and should replace first-choice keeper Foderingham.
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Regular defenders Clint Hill, Danny Wilson and Lee Wallace must start at the back for the Gers to allow Sinnamon the chance to come into a settled defensive-line on Tuesday evening.
Sinnamon, 20, is yet to feature for Rangers this season and the match against Queen of the South will provide the perfect chance for Warburton to bed-in the youngster, he should start.
Going forward, former Liverpool ace Rossiter must also start alongside Andy Halliday at the base of the Ibrox midfield.
The 19-year-old starlet has impressed in the six matches he has played so far this term and should start the game to help him continue his positive development.
17-year-old Burt must also start the match, occupying the number 10 role for Warburton’s side.
The youngster has played twice in the Scottish Challenge Cup for his team this season, scoring one goal and proving one assist. As such, he should be rewarded for his efforts with a good run-out in the fixture.
O’Halloran and Forrester should also begin the game to provide width to the Gers attack on the right and left flanks respectively.
The attacking duo have played 18 matches between them in all competitions this term, scoring two goals and providing four assists.
An injury to Joe Dodoo in his first start for the club in late August means Joe Garner should be given his second EFL Cup start of the season.
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