By Harvey Byrne

Former Celtic defender Jim Duffy has identified Rangers trio Joe Garner, Martyn Waghorn and Kenny Miller as players who would cause problems to the Hoops back line.

The famous Glasgow rivals are set to meet for the third time this campaign on New Years Eve for a Premiership clash at Ibrox.

Celtic have won the previous two encounters, which includes a heavy 5-1 victory in the league.

However, Duffy believes that Waghorn, Garner and Miller would ensure that Celtic’s afternoon is made as difficult as possible.

“Ibrox supporters should be Glad All Over if the Gers boss opts for Joe Garner, Martyn Waghorn and Kenny Miller as the attacking trio,” wrote Duffy for the Sun.

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“Celtic are favourites for the New Year derby. They are well clear at the top of the league, and have already won two Old Firm clashes this season.

 “But Gers are starting to build some momentum after wins over Aberdeen, Hearts and Hamilton.

“At Ibrox they will look to cause Celts more problems, and that front three would ensure an uncomfortable 90 minutes for Brendan Rodgers’ defence.”

Garner, Miller and Waghorn have 17 goals between them in 59 appearances this campaign.

All three have featured regularly this season, but manager Mark Warburton has rarely named the trio in the same starting eleven.

Last Friday’s 2-1 victory over Hamilton, which saw two goals from Waghorn saw the Englishman start on the right side in a front three with Barrie McKay and Garner.

However, Warburton may well look to add the more experienced Miller to his front line over the 21-year-old to face Celtic.

The two Scottish giants are currently separated by 14 points in the league with Celtic in first and Rangers in second and the Gers will be keen to end the Hoops’ current unbeaten record.

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