Rangers

By Matt Farr

Burton Albion chief Nigel Clough has admitted Rangers midfielder Jason Holt reminds him of Frank Lampard.

Holt, 24, is in line to play a key role for Rangers in their crucial Old Firm derby showdown with Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi final on Sunday, having been a regular starter under Pedro Caixinha.

The former Scotland youth international has made 33 appearances in all competitions this season, contributing one goal and two assists, and Clough believes he is a similar player to Premier League legend, Lampard.

However, Clough, who worked with Holt at Sheffield United in 2015, revealed his surprise at Caixinha’s decision to change the midfielder’s position in recent weeks.

Holt is primarily a central midfielder, but the new Rangers boss has elected to deploy him in more of a holding midfield role, which has reduced his influence in the final third.

As quoted by the Daily Record, Clough said: “I’m surprised the new Rangers manager has changed Jason’s position.

“I can see why Pedro has done it because Jason’s energy can certainly be used in that way. But sometimes it’s a little bit of a waste when he can’t make runs into the box and get goals.

“Jason’s runs into the box where he’d arrive late were similar to the ones Lampard would make. It’s a dying art for midfielders because not many go past the striker.”

Holt spent the second half of the 2014-15 season on loan at Clough’s Sheffield United, where he became an instant hit at the League One club.

The midfielder scored five goals from 16 league appearances, before returning to Scotland at the end of the season.

Holt was under contract at Hearts at the time, but signed a three-year deal at Ibrox shortly after his return, following a successful trial at the club.

In other Rangers news, Pedro Caixinha insists he is ‘no one’ compared to Brendan Rodgers ahead of the Old Firm showdown.

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