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Rangers expected 4-3-3 v Queen of the South: Four senior stars axed

By Alex Taylor

Rangers are set to make four changes from the side that drew 0-0 to Ross County on Saturday in Tuesday’s League Cup clash against Queen of the South.

Matt Gilks, Niko Kranjcar, Michael O’Halloran and Harry Forrester are expected to come in for Joe Garner, Barrie McKay, Wes Foderingham and Jason Holt.

Gilks has played three matches in the League Cup so far this season and is expected to replace first-choice keeper Foderingham, who might be rested for the match at Ibrox.

The Rangers back four is likely to remain unchanged from the weekend’s clash.

Rob Kiernan is ruled out the fixture with a minor injury and despite Philippe Senderos return from suspension, his poor showing on debut will mean he is unlikely to play a part in the game.

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This allows James Tavernier and Lee Wallace to keep their expected place at right and left full-back, while Clint Hill and Danny Wilson are in line to start at the heart of the defence.

The Ibrox midfield is yet to really impress this season as off-field issues have proved a constant distraction.

Andy Halliday is likely to start the fixture in-place of the dismissed Joey Barton, he is set to be be joined by Windass and Kranjcar to make up the midfield three.

Windass and Kranjcar have scored just three goals between them this season and will be looking to get on the scoresheet on Tuesday.

O’Halloran and Forrester could come in to provide width to the Gers attack on the right and left flanks respectively.

The attacking duo have played 18 games between them in all competitions this term, scoring two goals and providing four assists.

All eyes though will be on centre-forward Martyn Waghorn.

The former Leicester City striker is in-line to spearhead the Rangers attack and is yet to score since his return from injury this term.

The forward has bagged five goals and two assists in six games since the beginning of the season.

In other Rangers team news, Ibrox fans responded with mixed reactions on Twitter after Barton revealed his turn of events.