Rangers expected 4-3-3 v Celtic: 28-year-old axed in three changes
COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Mark Warburton is expected to drop the axe on forward Joe Garner from the line-up for the Old Firm Derby clash against Celtic on Saturday.
The 28-year-old struggled in the midweek fixture against St Johnstone before being brought off on the 62-minute mark for Martyn Waghorn.
He has so far failed to hit consistent form since his move to the Scottish giants from Preston in the summer, playing 18 matches with a return of just three goals.
It is expected that Warburton will recall top scorer Waghorn to his starting line-up with Michael O’Halloran and Lee Wallace also coming in, in three changes.
The attacker will be likely to come in for veteran attacker Kenny Miller, who also struggled to make much of an impact against St Johnstone.
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Meanwhile, Wallace missed the midweek game through injury after travelling with the squad, and Warburton has got his fingers crossed that his captain can return for the vital clash at the weekend.
Goalkeeper Wes Foderingham will keep his place between the sticks as the club’s number one with some stunning performances this campaign.
It is expected that he will be protected by James Tavernier, Clint Hill, Rob Kiernan and Wallace in the back four.
The experienced Hill left the midweek fixture through injury, but Warburton revealed it was an “impact injury” after the game, which should see him fit enough to face the Hoops.
Ahead of them will likely see an unchanged midfield three with Andy Halliday, Jason Holt and Josh Windass.
The young trio will all be keen to impress with Mark Warburton reportedly looking at a new central midfielder after releasing Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar’s long-term injury.
They will be looking to supply a front three, which is expected to see young starlet Barrie McKay join Waghorn and O’Halloran in the attack.
The 21-year-old bagged his side’s goal in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw and he will be keen to score again in the important clash on New Years Eve.
In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton gave his verdict on the Gers’ display against St. Johnstone on Wednesday.