By Will Butcher
Charlie Nicholas is adamant that Rangers should revert to a five-man defence against Celtic on Sunday in the fourth Old Firm derby of the season.
Interim boss Graeme Murty will be desperate to see the Gers avoid a fourth straight defeat to Brendan Rodgers’ side, after losing twice in the league and once in the Scottish Cup.
Nicholas told Sky Sports News‘ live transmission on Thursday morning that Murty should consider five at the back to cope with Celtic’s attack, and named Hoops’ star Scott Sinclair as the derby’s key player.
“Rangers have a big problem, they don’t have a manager in place yet,” Nicholas declared. “They don’t have got an ounce of pace at the back but they have to change the format and sit deeper.
“I’m going to change it to a back five. They’ve been isolated with a back four that has no pace.
“With the change in formation they would protect themselves, and that would help them keep Dembele and Sinclair at bay, the latter being the key to the game.”
Rangers come into the game off the back of two wonderful wins under Murty, securing a last-minute 3-2 win over St. Johnstone before smashing Hamilton 6-0 in the Scottish Cup.
However, they will face a huge test in keeping Celtic at bay, with Rodgers’ side securing victory in their last 17 outings in all competitions.
The Hoops in-form attacking duo of Dembele and Sinclair will look to fire Celtic to an 18th consecutive victory, after reaching combined total of 50 goals this season.
However, a win for the Gers will see them keep the pressure on second placed Aberdeen, while making Celtic wait a little bit longer in their pursuit of a 48th Scottish Premiership title.
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