Kevin Thomson urges Rangers to axe attacker for Old Firm showdown against Celtic
By James Black
Former Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson has taken to Twitter to urge Pedro Caixinha to rip up the 4-4-2 that has served his side well in recent matches and axe a forward for the first Old Firm clash of the season.
Thomson, who spent three years at Ibrox, believes Caixinha should concentrate on making his side difficult to break down when Celtic travel across Glasgow on 23 September.
Thomson is convinced Rangers would be best able to contain the treble holders by axing an attacker and bringing in a fifth midfielder.
“Only my opinion but I’d play extra man in midfield against them and I’d set up hard to beat,” Thomson said when asked on Twitter if he would play Jordan Rossiter alongside Ryan Jack in the Old Firm clash.
“Make it a war. Got to try ruff (sic) them up!”
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Only my opinion but I'd play extra man in midfield against them, and I'd set up hard to beat!!! Make it a war!!! ????got to try ruff them up!
— KevinThomsonAcademy (@KThomsonAcademy) September 10, 2017
Thomson has plenty of experience in Old Firm games from his spell with Rangers, and the combative former midfielder knows exactly what is needed to come out on top on derby day having only lost once to Celtic in seven Old Firms.
If Caixinha does switch to a five-man midfield, Jordan Rossiter would be the obvious choice to come in and operate as a midfield anchor-man.
The former Liverpool midfielder finally made his return from a long-term injury at the start of the season and is a regular in Caixinha’s matchday squad although he has seen less game time since the arrival of Graham Dorrans.
32-year-old Thomson lifted two Scottish league titles, two Scottish league cups and a Scottish Cup in addition to playing in the UEFA Cup Final in 2008 during his time at Ibrox.
One of Walter Smith’s first signings after the Rangers icon returned for a second spell as manager, Thomson was tipped to be a future Rangers captain but injury problems hampered his Rangers career before leaving to join Middlesborough in 2010.