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22nd Apr, 2018 | 7:10pm

Rangers 25-year-old has earned Old Firm start with stunning display v Hearts


Rangers midfielder Jason Holt was a surprise starter in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Hearts in the Scottish Premiership – and the 25-year-old deserves to start against Celtic next weekend following his performance against the Jambos.

Holt came into the side for Andy Halliday in central midfield and covered every blade of grass beside Graham Dorrans as the Gers engine-room dominated proceedings against the Jambos.

With the trip to Celtic Park looming on the horizon, Murty should keep faith with Dorrans and Holt in the middle of the park as they look to delay their bitter rivals title party.

Holt is never going to be the poster boy for the Ibrox support but his hard work and boundless energy mean he should be given the nod ahead of the likes of Halliday and Greg Docherty next weekend.

The former Hearts ace is now one of the longest-serving players at Ibrox after joining in 2015 from the Jambos and has plenty of experience in games against the Hoops.

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While he could offer more in the final third, Holt doesn’t always get the credit he deserves for the defensive work he does and if the Gers are going to have any chance of causing a further delay to Celtic’s title party when they travel across Glasgow next weekend then having Holt in the starting XI will be vital.

In other Rangers news, Graeme Murty was left raving over this from last weekend’s Celtic clash.

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