Confirmed Rangers line-up: Warburton experiments in Old Firm derby
By Alex Stevens
Mark Warburton has made a number of changes to his Rangers starting XI for the game against Celtic on Sunday afternoon.
Joe Garner scored Rangers’ only goal in the 5-1 defeat in the last Old Firm derby in September, but that wasn’t enough for a place in the team today.
Martyn Waghorn has been dropped to the bench, but in-form veteran Kenny Miller, who scored his 100th goal for the club last week, starts with Barrie McKay in attack.
Lee Hodson starts at right-back allowing James Tavernier a role on the right of the Rangers front three, as Warburton aims to stop a repeat of the 5-1 drubbing in the last Old Firm derby.
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Switzerland international Philippe Senderos has been kept out of the side by defensive duo Clint Hill and Rob Kiernan, after they held firm to secure a clean sheet against Inverness.
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Lee Wallace completes the Rangers defence, who will be stretched by the Celtic attack.
Josh Windass comes in for the injured Niko Kranjcar, and he’ll be cheered on by his dad, who left this message on Twitter earlier on Sunday.
He’s joined by Andy Halliday and Jason Holt in the Rangers midfield.
Controversial midfielder Joey Barton remains suspended, and there’s no place on the bench for Jordan Rossiter as he recovers from injury.
Matt Gilks retains his place in goal having played all the other cup games and will aim to make it to the final without conceding a goal.
A win for the Gers will give former Brentford boss Warburton a shot at his third piece of silverware as Rangers manager, after winning the Scottish Championship and the Challenge Cup last season.
If they beat Celtic they’ll face Aberdeen in the final of the cup after they beat Greenock Morton 2-0 in the other semi-final.
In other Rangers team news, Waghorn had this to say after the Gers beat Inverness.