By Danny Wright

24th Dec, 2017 | 5:30pm

Five players axed as fringe players earn second chance: Rangers best possible XI v Motherwell

Rangers manager Graeme Murty must make a staggering five changes to his starting line-up if he wants to field his best possible XI against Motherwell at Ibrox on Wednesday.

After the 2-1 defeat at Kilmarnock on Saturday, the Gers’ second loss in a row, Murty must take drastic action and axe five players who simply were not good enough at Rugby Park.

Lee Hodson, Danny Wilson, David Bates, Daniel Candeias and Jason Holt must all be dropped for the midweek game against Motherwell, not only because Murty needs to make a point that he is not willing to allow passengers in his side, but to also refresh and rotate ahead of a trip to Parkhead to face Celtic next Saturday.

Ryan Jack is available to return from suspension and Bruno Alves could be fit, so both of those should jump back into the first-team straight away.

Murty should also give starts to fringe players Jamie Barjonas, Niko Kranjcar and Fabio Cardoso to give them a second chance to impress him ahead of the January break.

Wes Foderingham should start in goals behind a back four of James Tavernier, Alves, Cardoso and Declan John.

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Ross McCrorie should shift in a holding midfield role with playmakers Jack and Barjonas ahead of him in a midfield diamond that Murty has already had great success with this term.

Kranjcar must start in the No 10 role behind an unchanged attack force of Josh Windass and Alfredo Morelos.

Windass and Morelos’ speed and dynamism should work nicely with Kranjcar’s playmaking ability and make up for the Croat’s lack of movement.

The changes may seem drastic but two defeats in the last two outings against inferior opposition should not be taken lightly by Murty, who should try to get the best look possible at all the options available to him ahead of the January transfer window.

In other Rangers news, the Gers are in the running to sign this proven goalscorer who has notched up career transfer fees worth over £50million.

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