Ibrox Exclusive: Pundit suggests Gerrard to axe Rangers mainstay for 24-yr-old v Celtic

Jackie McNamara has tipped Rangers boss Steven Gerrard to axe midfielder Joe Aribo from his starting XI against Celtic on Sunday.

The former Hoops and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that he expects the Gers boss to overload his midfield in order to get the upper hand at Hampden Park.

Aribo has been a mainstay for the Light Blues this season, Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Aberdeen the 23-year-old’s seventh consecutive start in the Premiership.

With the first piece of silverware on the line between the two Glasgow giants, McNamara suggests that Gerrard will try to overload the middle of the park and hand Kamara a start in place of Aribo.

McNamara told Football Insider: “I think that Rangers, in the midfield, that was the joy that they found before when they won the games at Ibrox, it was overloading midfield.

“I think Celtic countered that in the last game, they dominated the midfield. They (Rangers) had numbers there, Arfield coming in and off that right-hand side to support Morelos or Defoe in the other games and leave the space for Tavernier to get forward.

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“On the other side you’ve got Kent coming in off the left-hand side. I think he’ll go with Davis, Kamara, Jack, Arfield and Kent in the midfield.”

Aribo has a total of 26 appearances under his belt for the Gers since moving on a free transfer from Charlton this summer, scoring five goals and contributing four assists.

Kamara meanwhile has 23 games to his name across all competitions this term, although he was left as an unused substitute for Wednesday’s draw versus Aberdeen.

In other Rangers news, a Football Insider pundit claims that one Ibrox star is facing a “mental barrier” to succeed against the Hoops.