Rangers expected 4-2-3-1 v Ross County: Striker axed as veteran ace given free role
By Will Butcher
Rangers are finally set to give striker Martyn Waghorn his first start since returning from injury in Saturday’s clash against Ross County.
Manager Mark Warburton will be looking to keep the pressure at the top of the Scottish Premiership on an embarrassed Celtic, who were humiliated 7-0 by Spanish Champions Barcelona on Tuesday in the Champions League.
The inclusion of Waghorn is set to be one of three changes made by the former Brentford boss following Rangers’ own embarrassing result last weekend, as he looks to pick a side that has the best chance of picking up the Gers third Scottish Premiership win of the season.
The inclusion of last season’s top scorer means veteran Scotland international Kenny Miller will make way, as Waghorn looks to add to the goal he scored against Hamilton before picking up the hamstring problem.
Switzerland international Philippe Senderos is suspended after being sent off during the Gers’ 5-1 Old Firm derby loss to Celtic last Saturday, so experienced stopper Clint Hill is expected to return to the side.
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New £1.5million signing Joe Garner is expected to take up a wide position again to allow Waghorn to start, as is Harry Forrester who replaces Barrie McKay.
With the mobile Josh Windass joining Joey Barton in central midfield, experienced technician Niko Kranjcar is expected to be given the freedom to conduct the play from behind Waghorn.
A win for the Gers would see them go within one point of their Old Firm rivals, if Celtic lose to Inverness on Sunday.