Rangers expected 4-3-3 vs Partick: Defender axed as experienced star returns
By Will Butcher
Philippe Senderos could be given a belated return to the Rangers side after being sent off against Old Firm rivals Celtic.
The Switzerland international was an unused sub against Queen of the South and Aberdeen but could be given a start by manager Mark Warburton against Partick Thistle on Saturday.
Warburton, who is ready to serve a one-match touchline ban following comments made during the loss to Aberdeen, could count on Senderos as he looks to plug a leak that has seen the Gers concede eight goals in their last four league games.
The former Arsenal defender is set to be Warburton’s only change and would replace fellow veteran Clint Hill. If selected, he will partner former Liverpool defender Danny Wilson at the heart of the Gers’ defence.
Elsewhere, outspoken midfielder Joey Barton is still suspended from the club after a training ground spat with Andy Halliday, so Halliday will continue to replace Barton in the middle of the park.
Subscribe to Football Insider TV now
Jason Holt’s impressive form, which has seen him score against Queen of the South, is enough to keep out former Tottenham star Niko Kranjcar.
Captain Lee Wallace and Barrie McKay will be buoyed after being called up by Scotland on the Gers’ left flank.
The Gers will be looking to shut out the memory of Sunday’s dramatic loss to Aberdeen, which saw James Maddison curl a sublime 90th-minute free kick into the top corner of Wes Foderingham’s net.
A win for the Gers could see them move up to second if results go their way, but a loss could see the Scottish giants slip towards the top-flight drop zone.
In other Rangers news, fans reacted to Danny Wilson’s performance against Aberdeen.