COMMENT By Editor Wayne Veysey
Rangers will leapfrog three teams, including bitter rivals Celtic, and soar to the top of the league if they axe senior duo Kenny Miller and Niko Kranjcar and replace them with greater energy against Partick Thistle on Friday night.
Rangers have the chance to reach the summit of the Scottish Premiership on Friday when they make the short journey away in the evening kick-off.
Pedro Caixinha’s side are currently fourth in the league, three points behind leaders Celtic with a four-goal inferior difference.
If they can beat Partick Thistle by four goals at Firhill, the Glasgow giants will go top for the first time since 2011.
It is a tantalising prospect for the Light Blues – even if Celtic can regain top spot on Saturday – but Caixinha must make some big calls to give his team greater attacking impetus.
Only tweaks are required as Rangers are scoring goals at the moment, including seven in their last two matches.
The key is making the most of the vast scoring potential of man-of-the-moment Alfedro Morelos.
Caixinha should recall Josh Windass in place of Kranjcar on the left flank, as his greater dynamism could prove key on the counter-attack.
An even bigger call would be to axe Miller, whose form in the early weeks of the season has been fitful, and hand Carlos Pena his first start.
The Mexican has been a mostly invisible presence since his big-money summer move but he has pedigree and showed as a substitute last weekend that he can make a big impact.
In other Rangers news, the club have reached an agreement with a European giant to tie up a major deal.