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15th Dec, 2016 | 9:45am

Defensive duo axed in Warburton 4-2-3-1: Rangers best possible XI to face Hamilton

By Will Butcher

Rangers should revert to a 4-2-3-1 system to get the best out of returning star Harry Forrester on Friday night.

The 54-time Scottish champions face Hamilton in the Scottish Premiership, as they look to go seven points clear of third placed Aberdeen.

Reverting to a formation with two holding midfielders will give Forrester license to get forward in his favoured number 10 role and support the attack.

Forrester’s inclusion will see Northern Ireland international Lee Hodson drop to the bench and James Tavernier move from his midfield role back into right-back.

As well as Forrester, Rob Kiernan’s recent shaky performances should not go unnoticed by Mark Warburton. The former Brentford boss would help secure the Gers seventh clean sheet of the season if he included Switzerland international Philippe Senderos in the side.

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With both Senderos and Forrester in the side, the Gers stand much more chance of securing all three points.

Wes Foderingham is the undisputed number one at Ibrox and he will continue in between the sticks, while full-backs Tavernier and captain Lee Wallace are once again named in the side.

Replacing Kierna, the former Arsenal defender Senderos will look to form an instant partnership with Danny Wilson at the heart of the Gers defence.

In the absence of midfield duo Josh Windass and Jordan Rossiter, Jason Holt and Andy Halliday continue to form two parts of Warburton’s midfield.

Forrester starts in the number 10 role, with in-form wide men Kenny Miller and Barrie McKay either side of him.

Warburton must look to use his attacking options, and with Forrester being in a free position to orchestrate proceedings, the Gers will offer a much more penetrative display.

Joe Garner should continue to start up front after receiving praise this week. He will be desperate to add to his three goals for the 54-time Scottish champions.

In other Rangers news, on this day in 1998 the Gers signed this midfield ace.