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22nd Mar, 2018 | 3:52pm

International performance by Rangers 22-year-old could force Murty into tactical switch


Rangers defender Declan John returned to the Wales side for the first time since 2013 in Thursday’s 6-0 win over China – and the 22-year-old’s performance could give club manager Graeme Murty reason to switch his side’s tactics after the international break.

John played the full 90 minutes as Ryan Giggs led the Welsh national team for the first time in their dominant win over the hosts in the first game of the China Cup.

The former Cardiff City man played as a left wing-back as part of a five-man defence for Giggs’ side and put in an impressive display down the flank and strengthen his chances of further international honours.

With the Gers looking shaky defensively recently, the Ibrox giants could look at moving to a similar shape and using the Welshman and James Tavernier as wing-backs with three centre-backs in a shored up defensive line.

Since joining the Gers’ from Cardiff in August, John’s attacking ability’s have consistently won praise from fans and pundits alike although there are still question marks over what he can do defensively.

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Tavernier is also suspect at times when the Gers don’t have the ball and moving to a three-man central defence  could really suit the Light Blues and play more to their strengths and protect their weaknesses defensively.

With no game until March 31st – and an Old Firm clash looming in the Scottish Cup semi-finals – Murty could make a switch and try to make his side a more solid unit going into the final run of games this season.

In other Rangers news, Russell Martin is now fit again after suffering an injury

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