Rangers expected 4-2-3-1 V Partick Thistle: Attacker axed in solitary change
By Russell Edge
Pedro Caixinha is unlikely to ring the changes for his side’s clash with Partick Thistle despite their humiliating home defeat to Celtic.
The Gers were comprehensively beaten 5-1 by their local rivals in their last outing, and they will be looking to reclaim some pride when they travel to the Firhill Stadium to take on Thistle.
However, he is likely to keep faith in the majority of his players and give them the chance to bounce back from their second 5-1 defeat in the Old Firm derby this season.
Joe Dodoo was hauled off by Caixinha against Celtic to be replaced by Andy Halliday, and it can be expected that the 25-year-old will keep his place ahead of the fleet-footed 21-year-old.
37-year-old Kenny Miller should continue to lead the line, after he managed to grab a consolation goal for the Gers at Ibrox.
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Behind him Halliday, Emerson Hyndman and Martyn Waghorn will be hoping to produce a much better attacking performance against the side sitting sixth in the table.
They struggled to break down a resilient Celtic defence but should feel more confident against the club who finished in the final top half spot ahead of the league split.
Meanwhile the Rangers defence should aim to forget about Saturday’s mauling and look to regroup, with a back four set to be made up of Myles Beerman, Danny Wilson, Clint Hill and James Tavernier, with Wes Foderingham expected between the sticks.
Josh Windass and Jason Holt should be the chosen pairing in the centre of midfield as they look to improve after being overwhelmed by the Celtic duo of Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong.
In other Rangers news, this former Gers striker has said he is open to a move back to Ibrox.