Rangers likely 4-3-3 v Celtic: Summer signing to start after Kranjcar blow
By Will Butcher
Summer signing Josh Windass could start against Celtic after Rangers midfielder Niko Kranjcar suffered a knee injury.
The ex-Croatia international could be sidelined for months after suffering the injury in training, less than 72 hours before Sunday’s Betfred Cup semi final against arch enemies Celtic.
BBC reported that Rangers are now waiting for the swelling on Kranjcar’s knee to reduce before the Gers’ medical team undertake tests on what could be a serious injury.
The loss of 32-year-old Kranjcar could give former Accrington Stanley midfielder Windass a chance alongside Andy Halliday and Jason Holt in the Gers midfield.
Windass was one of Mark Warburton’s 11 new signings this summer, moving from League Two side Stanley after an impressive season that saw him score 17 goals in 35 league and cup appearances.
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This time around, Windass has made six appearances under Warburton with injury interrupting his short Gers career. His last appearance came away at Inverness on Friday, as he replaced Kranjcar from the bench.
Former Brentford boss Warburton is unlikely to make any other changes though, which will see the likes of Joe Garner, Philippe Senderos and Harry Forrester remain on the Gers bench.
A win for the Gers will give former Brentford boss Warburton a shot at his third piece of silverware as Rangers manager, after winning the Scottish Championship and the Challenge Cup last season.
Aberdeen or Morton will also be looking to get their hands on the trophy, as they do battle on Saturday with a place in the final at stake.
In other Rangers team news, Waghorn had this to say after the Gers beat Inverness.