Senior player axed, 24-year-old returns: Rangers expected XI v Celtic
Rangers manager Graeme Murty is expected to make one change to the side that beat Dundee 4-0 last weekend for Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final clash with Celtic at Hampden.
The Gers boss is likely to restore Josh Windass to his starting XI ahead of senior player Kenny Miller as the Light Blues look to record their first win over their bitter rivals since triumphing at the same stage two years ago.
Light Blues number one Wes Foderingham is expected to keep his place in goal behind a back four of James Tavernier, Ross McCrorie, Russell Martin and Declan John.
The return of McCrorie to the side against Dundee gave the Gers a much more solid look although he will have given his manager a scare when he had to come off with cramp against Neil McCann’s side.
Ahead of the defence, Greg Docherty and Graham Dorrans are expected to get the nod in central midfield despite Docherty’s recent poor performances.
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Andy Halliday staked a late claim for a start with an impressive came off the bench against Dundee but isn’t likely to come into the starting XI on the strength of it.
Daniel Candeias and Jamie Murphy will take up their usual places on either flank with 24-year-old Windass returning to the deeper role behind Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos as Miller is likely to be axed.
A win for the Gers would take them one step closer to ending their seven-year wait for a major trophy as well as bringing to an end Celtic’s chances of a historic back-to-back domestic treble.
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