Senior trio axed in Murty 4-2-3-1: Rangers best possible XI v Hearts
Rangers manager Graeme Murty must make three changes to the side which faced Celtic at Hampden last weekend if he wants his strongest XI to face Hearts at Ibrox on Sunday.
The Gers boss must axe senior trio Daniel Candeias, Andy Halliday and Russell Martin and bring Jason Cummings, Josh Windass and Bruno Alves into the side.
Goalkeeper Wes Foderingham should keep his place in goal behind a back four of James Tavernier, Alves, Ross McCrorie and Declan John as they look to get over the embarrassment of last weekend’s Scottish Cup defeat and pick up a win against the Jambos.
Ahead of them Graham Dorrans and Greg Docherty must remain as the Gers midfield pairing in the more familiar 4-2-3-1 – just – as Jordan Rossiter nears a return and both players have struggled to get going in recent weeks.
Despite their lack of form, there’s no other convincing alternatives with the match sharpness to come in and make the side immediately better.
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The regular front four should be broken up – if only for one game – both to serve as punishment for Daniel Candeias childish strop at Hampden and give Cummings some game-time.
Windass must also come back in and make his first start since the draw with Motherwell at Fir Park where he suffered a calf injury.
The Gers can’t afford any more slip-ups in the race for second in the Scottish Premiership and three points against Craig Levein’s side is a must with Ibrox already likely not to have a tense atmosphere on Sunday.