O'Halloran starts in Warburton 4-1-2-3: Rangers best possible XI to face Hearts
COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Mark Warburton should bring Michael O’Halloran into his side to face Hearts in the Scottish Premiership at Tynecastle on Wednesday evening.
The 25-year-old is more suited to the wing role than fan favourite Kenny Miller, who has been occupying a wide role in recent fixtures in a front three.
The 36-year-old has performed admirably in his new position with three goals and four assists in 20 appearances this season.
However, he is a natural forward and at his age three matches in a week may be beyond him.
This means O’Halloran must come into the side for the veteran forward in one of three changes from the weekend’s 2-1 victory over Partick Thistle at the weekend.
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Saturday’s two goal match-winner Joe Dodoo should also come into the team, while Clint Hill must also fall back into the starting eleven.
Therefore, Joe Garner and Rob Kiernan should join Miller on the sidelines as Rangers face Hearts.
Wes Foderingham should retain his place between the sticks as the club’s number one ahead of Matt Gilks.
The 25-year-old shot stopper has kept an impressive seven clean sheets in 16 appearances for the club this season and will prove vital against a strong Hearts side.
Ahead of him should see James Tavernier, Danny Wilson and Lee Wallace keep their places alongside Hill in the back four and they will be looking to maintain the Gers’ strong form, which has seen them survive seven matches without a defeat.
In the midfield combative midfielder Andy Halliday should take up a move defensive position in the centre of the park, sitting just in front of the back line.
This will then enable him to help his defence against a strong Hearts attack, which will be likely to contain in form duo Jamie Walker and Callum Paterson.
Josh Windass and Jason Holt should make up the midfield three.
Windass left the pitch early against Partick Thistle, but there is hope that the young star could be fit enough to come in to face Hearts.
The young and fluid attack of O’Halloran, Dodoo and Harry Forrester will be likely to pose questions of the Hearts defence.
The trio have found themselves on the fringe of the first team at various times this season and they will be keen to impress in order to keep their place in the side.
In other Rangers team news, Danny Wilson believes it’s time this Gers forward was given a run in the side.