Senior trio axed in Warburton 4-3-3: Rangers best possible XI to face Celtic
COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Mark Waburton should axe Joe Garner, Rob Kiernan and Josh Windass from his Rangers team to face Celtic on Saturday.
The senior trio all featured against St Johnstone in the 1-1 draw on Wednesday evening, but none of them particularly impressed.
Garner has so far struggled at the club since his summer move, while Kiernan made a terrible error at the back, which led to a goal against his side.
Windass also failed to inspire in the team in midweek and he should move out of the midfield with the more defensively capable Lee Hodson coming in against a strong Hoops attack.
Hodson should come in at right-back in the line-up with James Tavernier moving up into the midfield position.
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Warburton must also bring Danny Wilson across from the left-back position to the centre with captain Lee Wallace taking his place on the left side of the back four.
Finally, if Rangers are to pick up anything against Celtic, they must start top scorer Martyn Waghorn in the place of Garner in the centre forward position.
Goalkeeper Wes Foderingham will more than likely remain between the sticks and he will be looking to keep his 10th clean sheet of the campaign.
However, he must be protected by the defence of Hodson, Wilson, Wallace and veteran Clint Hill, who could return in time after suffering an impact injury in midweek.
The midfield should see Andy Halliday alongside Jason Holt and Tavernier, who will all be keen to impress after reports linking the club to a new central midfielder in the winter window.
Additionally, the front three must be on song at Ibrox if Rangers are to take anything off Celtic on New Years Eve.
Kenny Miller, Barrie McKay and Waghorn have all struggled to hit a consistent run of form this campaign, but they all have the ability to cause major problems on their day.
In other Rangers team news, Chris Sutton gave his verdict on the Gers’ display against St. Johnstone on Wednesday.