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Senior duo axed in Warburton 4-3-3: Rangers best possible XI to face Partick

By Will Butcher

The inclusion of Rangers star Niko Kranjcar would strike fear into Scottish Premiership minnows Partick ahead of Saturday’s face off.

The 32-year-old playmaker is the man to give Rangers the bit of flair and creativity that they have been lacking in recent matches, as they eye a third domestic win of the season.

Lining up alongside the in-form Jason Holt and intelligent Andy Halliday, Croatia international Kranjcar would replace Harry Forrester to form a quality-packed three-man midfield.

Another former Premier League star should be considered by Gers boss Warburton, in the form of Philippe Senderos.

The Scottish giants have conceded eight goals in just half as many games and ex-Arsenal defender Senderos would provide the quality and know how to keep out Partick.

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Combine that with the pace and aerial ability of former Liverpool man Danny Wilson, Rangers centre-back pairing will be hard to beat.

Joey Barton’s suspension is set to continue, as he is replaced by Andy Halliday. Barrie McKay and Lee Wallace will be the ones to watch on the Gers left flank though, after being called up to the Scotland’s World Cup qualifying squad to face Lithuania and Slovakia.

Warburton, who is set to watch the action from the stands after being handed a one-match touchline ban for comments made against Aberdeen, will be hoping his side can take advantage of the Ibrox crowd to secure three points.

A win could see the 54-time Scottish Champions close the gap on Old Firm rivals Rangers at the to just four points, if Celtic lose to Dundee FC.

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