Caixinha must replace 24-year-old: Three worst Rangers players in draw v Celtic
COMMENT By Will Butcher
Rangers secured a surprise 1-1 draw in Sunday’s Old Firm derby against Celtic on Parkhead in Graeme Murty’s last match as caretaker manager.
Veteran Clint Hill was on hand to clinch a late equaliser from close range to level the scores, after Celtic playmaker Stuart Armstrong hammered the Hoops in front during the first half.
Despite the result being one of the Gers’ best results all season, Football Insider analyses the three worst players to start against Brendan Rodgers’ side.
The 24-year-old midfielder was overawed against Celtic. Marking the in-form Armstrong, Holt was bypassed on multiple occasions by Rodgers’ free-flowing midfield and struggled to break up his opponents’ attacking play. Holt was also at fault for Armstrong’s goal, which the former Dundee United man slammed home from the edge of the area. Rangers’ number 23 had the chance to clear a loose ball, but instead failed to connect and swung his leg into thin air, allowing Armstrong to recover possession and finish past Wes Foderingham. Incoming boss Pedro Caixinha must sign a new holding midfielder in the summer to boost the base of Rangers midfield three.
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Waghorn could, and probably should have provided the difference against Celtic. Despite the Hoops’ unbeaten Scottish Premiership campaign and 17-match unbeaten run, Rangers were arguably the better side thanks to Murty’s tactics. It gave the Gers’ top scorer two golden chances to find the back of the net at Celtic Park, one in each half, but both times Waghorn was foiled by goalkeeper Craig Gordon. Dedryck Boyata’s mistake in the first half saw Waghorn denied in a one-on-one situation, before Kenny Miller’s cross saw Waghorn’s effort saved by Gordon. If the former Leicester hitman had his shooting boots on, the Gers could have ended Celtic’s unbeaten domestic run towards their 48th Scottish Premiership title.
Out of position and out of place. The former Newcastle right-back started in midfield to add a steeliness in the middle of the park. Although he did put his foot in and hassled the likes of Scott Brown, Nir Bitton and Callum McGregor, Tavernier was a passenger in the middle of the park and struggled when in possession of the ball. Manager Caixinha should return Tavernier to his natural position of right-back next time out against Hamilton on Saturday.
In other Rangers news, Stewart Robinson believes this is what Caixinha will bring to Ibrox.