Trio axed in Caixinha 4-3-3: Rangers best possible XI to face Partick Thistle
COMMENT by Russell Edge
It is fair to say Rangers suffered a torrid time against Celtic in their last fixture.
They were torn apart by the attacking flair and quality of their Glasgow rivals and although it ended 5-1, it could have been so much more.
It was their second defeat in the Old Firm derby in less than a week, but the manner of the performance was probably more disappointing than the actual result.
However, Rangers have the chance to bounce back against Partick Thistle, and it is time for manager Pedro Caixinha to change things up.
While Celtic were good, Rangers looked lacklustre, and the boss will have been left questioning the desire and passion of his players.
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If they cannot bring their best game against their biggest rivals, then what is going to motivate them against Partick Thistle?
For this reason, Caixinha needs to make a handful of changes, not only to prove a point to his under-performing stars but to give the fringe players a chance to prove themselves and demonstrate the passion which was missing in the last fixture.
Emerson Hyndman, Martyn Waghorn and Clint Hill should all drop out the side, with Andy Halliday, Michael O’Halloran and David Bates coming into the line up, which shapes up as a 4-3-3
At the back, Clint Hill has recently returned from injury and looked off the pace against Celtic, so young centre-back Bates should come in to bring in some youthful passion in a defence which looked lacking in motivation in Saturday’s game.
The midfield should see Halliday line up alongside Jason Holt and Josh Windass to offer more bodies in the centre of the park, after they were dominated by the midfield of Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong.
Up front, Joe Dodoo was hauled off against Celtic but the fleet-footed winger deserves another chance to prove himself, plus the match against Thistle is a good chance to regain some much needed confidence.
On the other flank O’Halloran should replace Waghorn, with the 26-year-old winger likely wanting to prove his worth to Caixinha’s side.
Up front should be Kenny Miller, who managed to grab a consolation goal in the drubbing against Celtic, and he will be hoping that Dodoo and O’Halloran can create more opportunities than he found himself in that game.
As for between the sticks, Wes Foderingham did very little wrong against Celtic and he made a number of saves to keep it to just five, so he warrants his place in the starting XI.
In other Rangers news, a former striker has said he is open to returning to Ibrox.