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31st Dec, 2016 | 2:19pm

PL clubs will want midfield ace : Three things we learned about Rangers in defeat v Celtic

By Dominic Toner

Football Insider analyses three talking points from Rangers’ 2-1 defeat against Celtic in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.

Windass could attract Premier League clubs

Josh Windass delivered an assured display on Saturday in the Old Firm clash and top English clubs could circle for his signature. The 22-year-old looked composed in the central of midfield and was competing against veteran midfielder Scott Brown. Windass was extremely intelligent in possession and set his side up to attack on numerous occasions, he also produced the best pass of the game. The central midfielder managed to play a reverse pass through the Celtic defence which resulted in the opening goal through Kenny Miller. The pass showed what great awareness Windass has on the pitch and the quality he has to perfectly weight a through ball. Premier League clubs will have taken note of his performance and he has the mould of a midfielder that could dictate games in England’s top-flight. He is still developing parts of his game and the 22-year-old was taken off in the second-half because he was on a yellow card.

Tavernier should be dropped

James Tavernier once again showed he is out of his depth as a full-back and was caught out of position for Scott Sinclair’s winning goal. Rangers manager Mark Warburton needs to recall Lee Hodson and play him at right-back, while Tavernier should only be considered as a midfielder. The 25-year-old has proved that he is much better attacking and has cost his side on too many occasions. He got the assist with a a great cross for Kenny Miller’s goal and can offer more to the team as a winger. Rangers need to find a solid defensive set-up and that should not involve the vulnerable Tavernier, who has become disliked by some supporters.

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McKay was phenomenal 

Barrie McKay was unplayable at times against Celtic and has become a crucial player under Warburton. The 22-year-old tormented defender Mikael Lustig down the left wing and was the most lively player on the pitch. The wide man as extremely positive in possession and showed the desire to dribble past players. McKay didn’t deserve to be in the losing side against Celitc and is certainly a guaranteed starter in the club’s next few games. He will be keen to add a greater goal threat to his game, which could take him to the next level.

In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton has named the club’s consistent player in his team of the year.