Rangers

By James Black

Pedro Caixinha will likely make only two changes to the side who beat Partick Thistle 3-1 in midweek when his side faces Celtic on Saturday afternoon.

Caixinha is set to revert to the 4-4-2 he has used regularly this season after moving to a 4-1-4-1 against Partick Thistle.

Goalkeeper Wes Foderingham is a certainty to come back into the side at the expense of Jak Alnwick and, despite scoring the Gers’ opener on Tuesday, Carlos Pena, 27, may have to make do with a place on the bench for Kenny Miller to return.

The Ibrox side still have some injury worries over Bruno Alves and Declan John – both limped off in the second-half at Firhill – although Pedro Caixinha told his media conference that the club’s medical staff are still assessing the duo.

If both do miss out it’ll almost certainly mean starts for Lee Hodson and Danny Wilson in defence in what could be a make-or-break fixture in Rangers’ season.

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Rangers’ midfield should have a familiar look with Daniel Candeias, Ryan Jack, Graham Dorrans and Josh Windass all likely to retain their places.
Jack and Dorrans have built a good relationship in central midfield so it will be a good test against Scott Brown and Olivier Ntcham in the middle of the park.

Daniel Candeias scored Rangers’ vital second goal and has been impressive down the right flank however the same can’t be said for Josh Windass on the left.

Kenny Miller could replace Windass on the left but it’s more likely Miller starts alongside Alfredo Morelos in attack leaving Eduardo Herrera to kick his heels on the bench yet again.

Despite having a number of injury worries, Rangers still have strong backup options if Herrera and Carlos Pena both start on the bench.

Midfielders Jason Holt and Jordan Rossiter could also be involved at some point but neither look close to breaking into the starting XI any time soon.

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.

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