By Will Butcher
Pedro Caixinha should start Joe Garner in an attacking Rangers side that must begin to banish Mark Warburton’s passive tempo away from home against Kilmarnock.
The Gers had a tendency to slow the ball down rather than expressing themselves in attack under Warburton, but in Caixinha’s first away game, the Gers should go for it.
Garner, who is popular among the fans and even has his own song that got into the charts over Christmas, has failed to start a game for Potuguese boss Caixinha as of yet.
However, playing him in the hole behind striker Martyn Waghorn will give both Garner and Rangers the freedom to attack a side who have kept just one clean sheet in nine games.
Joining Garner in coming into the side should be James Tavernier, who has returned from suspension to come in at right-back. Clint Hill and Jon Toral drop out.
Garner came on as a substitute in the 1-1 draw against Motherwell last time out and scored his eighth goal for the Gers. He could now be given license to attack from the number 10 role.
That would see Caixinha make a slight alteration to his 4-3-3 formation, instead opting for a 4-2-3-1 system in which Barrie McKay and Kenny Miller would operate from out wide.
Including four attackers will take the game to Lee McCulloch’s side, as the Gers remain defensively sound thanks to the midfield protection from Jason Holt and Emerson Hyndman.
The Gers suffered a defensive crisis last time out, which saw Lee Hodson, Clint Hill and Lee Wallace all go off at half time.
With Wallace and Hodson only suffering from illness, they should return to the starting eleven. Captain Wallace, though, should feature at the heart of defence in place of Hill, who tweaked his hamstring against Motherwell.
Normally a left-back, starting Wallace at centre-back will allow Caixinha to overlook Philippe Senderos who has endured a nightmare start at Ibrox.
Hodson comes in at left-back, while Tavernier returns on the right side of defence in front of goalkeeper Wes Foderingham.
In other Rangers news, Alex McLeish has revealed he tried to complete two massive Gers deals during his tenure.