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Murty must reinstate Midfield talisman to give Rangers fighting chance in Old Firm semi-final

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Rangers have badly missed Ross McCrorie ever since the 20-year-old suffered an injury during the winter break in Florida.

The 20-year-old had been a revelation for the team in the middle of the park, and was excellent in his last appearance so far this season, the goalless draw against Celtic in December.

If the Gers are to have a fighting chance of defeating the Hoops in April’s Scottish Cup semi-final, they really need McCrorie back in the side.

He helped the Gers gain a foothold in midfield in the Old Firm derby in December, something which they badly lacked in the recent 3-2 Old Firm defeat at Ibrox, where Sean Goss and Greg Docherty were bullied by the pairing of Olivier Ntcham and Scott Brown.

Murty starting with McCrorie would give the Gers a far better chance of standing up to Brown, who has dictated most of the Old Firm games he has played in from midfield.

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The Old Firm battle is usually won and lost in the middle of the pitch; the Gers won the battle at Parkhead in December, which would have won them the game if not for their woeful finishing.

The Hoops have dominated the midfield for long spells in both matches between the teams at Ibrox this season, which resulted in two away wins for Brendan Rodgers’ side.

If Graeme Murty wants to end the season with the chance of winning the Scottish Cup, he’s got to hope that midfield talisman McCrorie is ready for Hampden in April.

In other Rangers news, Jonatan Johansson is a fan of the job Graeme Murty has done at Ibrox 

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