COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Manager Pedro Caixinha must axe attackers Martyn Waghorn and Barrie McKay from the Rangers team which is set to face rivals Celtic at Hampden Park on Sunday afternoon.
The forward duo were less than impressive in last weekend’s 2-0 victory over Partick Thistle and the Ibrox giants simply cannot afford to have two noncontributing players in their team, especially against one as threatening as Celtic.
Therefore, Caixinha should add some extra bodies into his midfield to help nullify the strengths of Stuart Armstrong around the box while also shutting off the supply line.
The Portuguese boss should also look to shore up his defence and these changes must see Lee Hodson, Clint Hill and Joe Dodoo coming into the team with Waghorn, McKay and David Bates falling out of the side.
There is currently mounting speculation that goalkeeper Wes Foderingham may miss the weekend encounter through injury, but if there is any chance that he can play then he will surely be in the line-up on Sunday.
Meanwhile, he will need to be protected by his back four which must contain the return of Hill from injury with the centre-back arguably the Gers’ best defender.
The experienced man also scored late on in the 1-1 draw in March and fans will be hoping he does the same once more on Sunday.
He should play alongside Hodson, Danny Wilson and youngster Myles Beerman and they will all need to be on top of their game to keep an attack which contains Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair quiet.
Then in the midfield should see usual full-back James Tavernier line-up on the right due to his attacking ability and no current out and out right winger within the team.
Alongside him must see loanees Emerson Hyndman and Jon Toral start in the centre alongside the recently impressive Jason Holt and all boast the ability to break-up play and maintain possession for their team.
Meanwhile, the pacey Dodoo should start due to his ability to cause problems down the left hand side of the pitch and he must look to feed veteran Kenny Miller who leads Rangers goal scoring charts with nine Premiership strikes for the season.