Herrera starts: Rangers best possible XI to face Celtic
By James Black
Pedro Caixinha will need to make two changes to his side if he is to field his strongest XI against Celtic this weekend.
After changing his tactics to a 4-1-4-1 against Partick Thistle, a return to the 4-4-2 seen regularly this season would be Rangers’ best chance to overcome their bitter rivals.
Under-performing midfielder Josh Windass should be axed with Eduardo Herrera coming in to partner Alfredo Morelos up front.
This means Graham Dorrans or Carlos Pena pushed out wide – most likely Dorrans – but allows to put Celtic’s defence under more pressure.
The other change would see Wes Foderingham returning to the side for Jak Alnwick between the sticks.
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Despite injury worries over Bruno Alves and Declan John, if both are fit then both are certainties to start.
James Tavernier and Fabio Cardoso will complete the defence with Ryan Jack and Carlos Pena in central midfield.
Winger Daniel Candeias rounds off the midfield with the aforementioned Herrera and Morelos leading the line against Brendan Rodgers’ side.
The Gers go into the game five points behind their bitter rivals but a win on Saturday would give Caixinha’s side a huge psychological boost by ending Celtic’s 56-game unbeaten domestic run.
Both sides go into the game on the back of wins in the Scottish League Cup quarter-finals and are joined in tonight’s draw by Hibernian and the winner of Aberdeen v Motherwell.
Celtic won four of five Old Firm clashes last season but Rangers fans are quietly confident their team can take something from the game and kick-start their title challenge.
In other Rangers transfer news, a 26-year-old in the form of his life has revealed he was offered a number of deals to quit Ibrox this summer.