Rangers expected 4-3-3 v Celtic: Four changes as Warburton opts for experience
By Will Butcher
Rangers boss Mark Warburton is expected to show faith in experience by making four changes to the line-up for Saturday’s mouthwatering clash against Celtic.
The Gers travel to Celtic Park on Saturday in the first domestic Old Firm derby in four years, and former Brentford boss Warburton is set to welcome back attacking spearhead Martyn Waghorn from injury in place of youngster Joe Dodoo.
The 26-year-old came on for the majority of the second half during the Gers friendly against Linfield during the international break, after picking up a hamstring injury against Hamilton.
The former Wigan striker had a brilliant debut campaign after penning a three-year deal at Ibrox last summer, finding the back of the net 28 times in 36 league and cup encounters and his goals will be crucial to Rangers’ successes this season.
Waghorn is likely to be one of four changes to the Rangers team that drew against Kilmarnock before the international break.
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New £1.5million signing Joe Garner is expected to feature alongside Waghorn in a three-man attack, despite coming off against Linfield after just nine minutes.
Warburton started new signing Philippe Senderos alongside former Hibernian stopper Rob Kiernan in the 7-0 win, and the former Arsenal and Fulham defender is set to be thrown in at the deep end in place of 37-year-old Clint Hill.
Former QPR playmaker Niko Kranjcar is looking sharper and could be set to make just his second league start of the season, after scoring a superb goal in the friendly. Former Liverpool man Jordan Rossiter will make way.
The Gers could leapfrog their Glasgow rivals with a win, but Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers will be looking to make it four league wins out of four on home turf.
In other Rangers team news, Ray Wilkins has compared the Old Firm derby to another massive rivalry.